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Fatal crash primarily caused by pedestrian, police say

A crash report from Elkhart Police states that while speed was a factor in a fatal March 22 crash, the victim also stepped in front of the car just before he was hit.

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 6:22 p.m.

ELKHART — Unsafe speeds and pedestrian's actions contributed to a fatal crash on Cassopolis Street last weekend.

In a crash report from the Elkhart Police Department, investigators said both the driver's speed and the pedestrian walking in front of the vehicle were causes of the incident.

They noted that the pedestrian's actions were the primary cause of the crash.

Elkhart police were called to the scene in the 2200 block of Cassopolis street south of South Drive around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22.

Two witnesses told police they saw the driver, 35-year-old Elizabeth McDaniel of Edwardsburg, driving southbound in a silver Chevrolet Cruze at a high rate of speed.

McDaniel told police she was driving southbound in the inside lane when 72-year-old Joe Scroggins of Elkhart walked in front of her vehicle.

Scroggins was attempting to walk eastbound across Cassopolis Street, according to the report.

No citations have been issued in connection with the crash.


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