School sends warm wishes to injured teacher
A 50-year-old Scottville man is in serious condition after being hit by a car outside of a Ludington grocery store Wednesday afternoon.
Scott Dumas is a sixth-grade social studies teacher at Mason County Central Middle School. A job that dozens of students and staff members hope he can return to soon.
Superintendent Jeff Mount says Dumas has been employed with the school for 13 years. He says he's a natural at teaching, and that he has a great relationship with his students that makes learning fun.
"I have an awesome staff top to bottom and everything in between," said Mount. "There isn't really a weakness in there, but he's one of the best."
Dumas was hit by a car in the parking lot of a Shop and Save in Pere Marquette Township, which is just south of Ludington. He was flown to Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. The Mason County Sheriff says that he is listed in serious but stable condition. Dumas had surgery on his leg this morning. He has serious head injuries.
The Mason County Sheriff says that Brian Keith Blackburn, 24, fled the scene but was later arrested by a Ludington Police Officer.
Blackburn was formerly charged Thursday afternoon with operating while intoxicated causing serious injury, failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment, possession of marijuana and operating while intoxicated second offense and two county of assaulting/resisting/obstructing.
"A man getting groceries at the grocery store should feel safe walking across the parking lot and that didn't happen." said Mount.
Phil Quinlan is a seventh-grade teacher and works side-by-side with Dumas. He's hoping his long-time friend makes a speedy recovery so that the two of them can get back to training for their first ever triathlon this summer.
"He's a farmer, he's been a business man, he's even trying to get into the hops business a little bit so all these things he's made an amazing impact on this community not only as a teacher," said Quinlan. "As an educator you get to do that every day, but beyond the walls of this school he is dearly loved and respected."
On Thursday students at the middle school made posters and cards for Dumas. Teachers will be delivering them to his hospital room sometime this weekend.