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14-year-old Elkhart boy remains in critical condition days after crash on U.S. 33

An Elkhart boy was sent to a Kalamazoo, Mich., hospital after a crash on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 4:44 p.m.

ELKHART — A 14-year-old Elkhart boy is still in critical condition at a hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich., several days after a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 33 in Dunlap.

Mark Rich was listed in critical condition at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo Thursday afternoon, June 12, a hospital representative said. 

Rich was airlifted to the hospital on Saturday, June 7, after he sustained a head injury and was unresponsive following the crash at U.S. 33 and Sunnyside Avenue.

Rich was one of two teenage passengers in a car driven by Darlene Eichelberger, 41, of Goshen. 

Eichelberger was driving a Mini Cooper south on Sunnyside Avenue approaching U.S. 33. Barbara White, 44, of Bristol, was driving an SUV southwest on U.S. 33.

Eichelberger disregarded the red light at the intersection of Sunnyside Avenue and U.S. 33, according to the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department. She drove into the intersection and her car was struck by the SUV. Charles Roger, who witnessed the crash, told The Elkhart Truth that the truck pushed the Mini Cooper across three lanes of traffic.

White, Eichelberger and Eichelberger’s other passenger were treated at Elkhart General Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.


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