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Brett Smith, 18, of Elkhart, and his girlfriend Zuri Que, 19, of Elkhart, were involved in a single-car accident Thursday, Feb. 7, in front of the First Presbyterian Church on Beardsley Avenue in Elkhart. The brakes on Smith’s 1987 Chevy Celebrity, which he had purchased just three hours before, went out, forcing him to swerve off the road to avoid hitting another car. Smith’s car rolled down an embankment and landed upside down. Smith and Que were able to exit the car without injury. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

Charlie Smith offers his jacket to Zuri Que, 19, of Elkhart, after she and Smith’s son Brett were involved in a single-car accident Thursday, Feb. 7, in front of the First Presbyterian Church on Beardsley Avenue in Elkhart. The brakes on Brett Smith’s 1987 Chevy Celebrity, which he had purchased just three hours before, went out, forcing him to swerve off the road to avoid hitting another car. Smith’s car rolled down an embankment and landed upside down. Smith and Que were able to exit the car without injury. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

Charlie Smith hugs his son Brett Smith, 18, of Elkhart, and his girlfriend Zuri Que, 19, of Elkhart, after the two were involved in a single-car accident Thursday, Feb. 7, in front of the First Presbyterian Church on Beardsley Avenue in Elkhart. The brakes on Brett Smith’s 1987 Chevy Celebrity, which he had purchased just three hours before, went out, forcing him to swerve off the road to avoid hitting another car. Smith’s car rolled down an embankment and landed upside down. Smith and Que were able to exit the car without injury. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

Elkhart Police Department Patrolman Kacy Weaver and Chaplain Jim Bontrager inspect the underside of a car that had rolled down an embankment just east of Main Street and Beardsley Avenue on Thursday, Feb. 7. The car’s drive and his passenger were not injured in the crash. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)
Two escape rollover crash uninjured
Posted on Feb. 7, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

ELKHART – Two people were uninjured after a one-vehicle rollover crash on East Beardsley Avenue on Thursday, Feb. 7.

Brett Smith said he purchased his gray 1987 Chevrolet station wagon about three hours before the afternoon crash.

Smith and Zuri Que were driving east on Beardsley Avenue at about 25 mph when the car in front of them braked abruptly.

Smith tried to slow down, but the brakes gave out.

“The pedal just went straight to the ground,” he said.

“I didn’t want to hurt anyone,” he said, so he tried to swerve to the right. The vehicle slid on the snow next to the road and fell down the hill into Beardsley Park, where it flipped upside down.

The two were shaken, but unhurt.

Smith said he was happy no one was injured.

“(The car) was working fine when I bought it,” Smith said. “We took it for a test drive and the brakes and engine worked fine.”