14-year-old in serious condition after crash on U.S. 33 Saturday afternoon

Four people were injured in the crash near Concord Mall on Saturday afternoon, including a young boy who remains hospitalized in Michigan.

Posted on June 8, 2014 at 9:19 a.m.

A 14-year-old Elkhart boy is in serious condition at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Sunday morning, after he was involved in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 33 Saturday, June 7.

Mark Rich was taken by MedFlight to the hospital after he suffered a possible head injury in the crash at U.S. 33 and Sunnyside Avenue.

Three other people involved in the crash were sent to Elkhart General Hospital.

Darlene Eichelberger, 41, of Goshen, is in good condition at the hospital as of 9 a.m. Sunday, an EGH representative said. Benjamin Eichelberger, 13, of Goshen, and Barbara White, 44, of Bristol, were both treated and released on Saturday.

Darlene Eichelberger was driving a Mini Cooper south on Sunnyside Avenue approaching U.S. 33. White, 44, of Bristol, was driving an SUV southwest on U.S. 33.

Benjamin Eichelberger and Rich were passengers in the Mini Cooper.

Darlene Eichelberger disregarded the red light at the intersection of Sunnyside Avenue and U.S. 33, according to the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department. She drove into the intersection and her car was struck by White’s SUV. Charles Roger, who witnessed the crash, told The Elkhart Truth that the truck pushed the Mini Cooper across three lanes of traffic.

Roger added that White “was pretty shook up. She said ’I didn’t even see them coming.’”

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