Navy Pilot from Indiana Killed in Fla. Hit-and-Run

Lt. Robert Huish, 26, returned in July from seven-month tour in Persian Gulf

Monday, Dec 6, 2010  |  Updated 6:30 PM CDT
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Navy Pilot from Indiana Killed in Fla. Hit-and-Run

Lt. Robert Huish

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The son of a Northwest Indiana police commander who survived a seven month tour in the Persian Gulf with the U.S. Navy has died after being hit by a car in Florida.

Lt. Robert Huish, 26, had been in a medically-induced coma since the Nov. 28 accident.  He was riding a bicycle on the way back to an Atlantic Beach home with a group of friends when the driver of a vehicle sped through an intersection, smashed into him and drove away, the Florida Times-Union reported last week.

A Merrillville town official said Huish died Friday in a Jacksonville, Fla., hospital.  No one has been charged, but police said they're searching for the vehicle, which they believe to be a small, white SUV.

Merrillville police Cmdr. Lance Huish said his son's stint in the military was a life-long dream.

"He loved it and he lived for it," Huish told the Gary Post-Tribune over the weekend.  "He always wanted to be a naval aviator, and he did it."

Lt. Huish was stationed at Mayport Naval Station in the HSL-44 Swamp Foxes squadron.

"You go through a whole deployment, come back here and get in a hit-and-run," said Lt. Russell Coble, Huish's squad mate. "It’s just frustrating."

Funeral arrangements are pending, but services are being handled by Burns Funeral Home, in Crown Point, Ind.

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