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Driver in critical condition after car rolls over trying to avoid horse and buggy in Goshen

Dustin Schwartz, 16, and Luke Beechy, 16, were trying to avoid a horse and buggy as they were traveling on C.R. 36 east of C.R. 37 when they lost control of their vehicle. Schwartz sustained head trauma and lacerations to the head and is in critical condition.

Posted on March 29, 2014 at 1:23 p.m.

A Goshen teen is in critical condition after his car rolled over trying to avoid a horse and buggy in Goshen late Friday, March 28.

Dustin Schwartz, 16, passed a horse and buggy as he was traveling east on C.R. 36 east of C.R. 37 just after 10:30 p.m. Friday.  The horse was spooked, according to a release from the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, and Schwartz swerved out to avoid the buggy and lost control of the car.

The vehicle hit a mailbox, a telephone box and a ditch, causing the vehicle to roll over. Schwartz, who was not wearing his seatbelt, was ejected from the car, according to the release. The vehicle then hit a tree and came to rest upside down.

Schwartz was taken by Medflight to Memorial Hospital in South Bend for head trauma and lacerations to the head, where he was in critical condition Saturday afternoon.

A passenger in his car, Luke Beechy, 16, of Topeka, was taken to IU Health Goshen Hospital for complaints of chest and leg pain.

The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department is investigating the accident.


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