Six people hurt in two crashes minutes apart at intersection

Posted on Aug. 22, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

ELKHART — Six people were injured in two two-vehicle crashes at the intersection of C.R. 17 and C.R. 18 Thursday afternoon.

The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, Jefferson Township Fire Department and Concord Township Fire Department responded to the first accident at the intersection at 3:33 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, said Sgt. Dave Lanzen of the ECSD.

According to a news release from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, a white Nissan Altima, driven by Gabriella Mejorada-Espinosa, 48, of Goshen, was traveling southbound on C.R. 17 and had entered the intersection as a blue Lincoln Aviator northbound on C.R. 17, not seeing the oncoming sedan, attempted to turn left onto C.R. 18.

Mejorada-Espinosa was transported to Elkhart General Hospital with complaints of back, neck and chest pain. Her three passengers, Donna Robinson, 58; Maria Favela-Aguilar, 35, and Martina Aguilar, 38, all of Goshen, were also taken to the hospital with complaints of pain.

Merjorada-Espinosa was cited for never receiving a license.

The driver of the Aviator, Randy Morales, 26, of Elkhart, was uninjured and was cited for failure to yield.

The second crash occurred on the other side of the intersection at 3:36 p.m. when a silver minivan heading southbound on C.R. 17 attempted to turn left onto C.R. 18 and struck an oncoming red SUV driving westbound on C.R. 18.

The driver of the red SUV was uninjured, but two people who were riding in the SUV were taken to Elkhart General Hospital.

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