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Driver blames snow-covered traffic lights for Elkhart fatal crash

Witnesses told police the driver of the pickup truck in a fatal crash drove through a red light. 

Posted on March 15, 2014 at 1:17 p.m.

ELKHART — The driver involved in a fatal two-vehicle crash on Nappanee Street and California Road on Wednesday, March 12, said he couldn't see the traffic lights well enough as he approached the intersection because they were covered in snow. 

According to the crash report, Kevin Yoder, 32, of Elkhart, was driving a pickup truck south on Nappanee Street, following traffic. As he drove through the intersection he saw a car heading east on California Road and turning North onto Nappanee in front of him.

Yoder said he attempted to avoid hitting the car but he ended up hitting the driver's side with the front of his truck. 

Emergency crews were called to the intersection at about 3:30 p.m. and blocked it for almost two hours. Workers from the Indiana Department of Transportation were also at the scene.

The driver of the car, Daryll Trowbridge, 75, died as a result of the crash. Elkhart County Coroner John White said Trowbridge died of multiple blunt force trauma. 

Trowbridge's wife, Joyce, was in the car with her husband when the crash happened. She was taken to Elkhart General Hospital with non life-threatening injuries. 

Tracie Yoder, a passenger in Kevin Yoder's truck, was also taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries as a result of the crash.

Kevin Yoder told police he wasn't sure whether he had a green light as he approached the intersection where the collision happened because the snow had piled up around the traffic light lenses.

But two witnesses told police the light was green for Trowbridge when the pickup truck hit the sedan. According to the police report, Yoder was given a blood test to determine whether he had any drugs or alcohol in his system. 

Police are still investigating the crash. They are conducting witness interviews as they reconstruct the accident. 


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