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Three injured in Elkhart County crashes Wendesday

Slick driving conditions were blamed by authorities for two of the traffic accidents.

Posted on Feb. 7, 2014 at 3:04 p.m.

ELKHART — Several people suffered minor injuries in crashes on Elkhart County roadways Wednesday.

According to news releases from the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department, three people required medical treatment after three separate crashes on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Elkhart County sheriff's deputies responded to a two-vehicle collision at S.R. 19 and C.R. 28 at 1:32 p.m. Wednesday.

According to a police report, Charles White, 40, of Goshen, was driving his 2006 Chevrolet Impala southbound on S.R. 19 and had stopped while attempting to make a left turn onto C.R. 28.

Another southbound vehicle, a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 19-year-old Nappanee resident Luke Miller, struck White's car after it slid on the slippery roadway while attempting to stop.

White was taken by ambulance to IU Health Goshen with a complaint of back pain. Miller was cited for driving too fast for conditions.

Sheriff's officers responded at 4:39 p.m. Wednesday to a crash on C.R. 18 east of C.R. 27 in which a minivan was struck by a plow attached to another vehicle.

According to a police report, 52-year-old Shirley Shapland of Elkhart was driving her 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan eastbound on C.R. 18 at 4:39 p.m. Wednesday when the front of her vehicle was struck by a plow attached to the front of a westbound 1995 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Jeffery Collins, 33, of Elkhart.

Shapland was taken to IU.Health Goshen with a complaint of neck pain. Police did not issue any citations at the scene.

A man refused help from medics after he was struck by a pickup truck in an Elkhart County parking lot, but told officers he would seek medical attention on his own.

Eduardo DeLeon, 45, of Mishawaka, was standing outside his vehicle in the parking lot of Forest River, Inc., 58277 S.R. 19, when he was struck in the right side by the bed of a pickup truck.

According to a police report, the truck, driven by 42-year-old Bristol resident Derek M. Lay, was sliding on the snow- and slush-covered pavement when it struck DeLeon.

DeLeon suffered pain to his right shoulder, arm and wrist. No citations were issued at the scene.




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