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Investigators seek witnesses in two-car U.S. 33 crash

Investigators from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department are asking for anyone who witnessed a crash Saturday afternoon on U.S. 33 to contact them.

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 3:49 p.m.

ELKHART — Investigators from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department are looking for witnesses who may have seen the events leading up to a crash on U.S. 33 on Saturday afternoon.

Emergency crews were called to U.S. 33 at Sunnyside Avenue at 12:50 p.m. Saturday, June 7, for a report of a two-vehicle crash near the Concord Mall.

Darlene Eichelberger, 41, of Goshen, was traveling south on Sunnyside Avenue in a Mini Cooper approaching U.S. 33. Barbara White, 44, of Bristol, was driving southwest in an truck on U.S. 33.

Eichelberger disregarded the red light at Sunnyside and U.S. 33, according to a news release from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department. She drove into the intersection and her car was struck by White’s truck.

One of Eichelberger’s passengers, Mark Rich, 14, of Elkhart, suffered a possible head injury and was unresponsive, according to the press release. He was taken by Medflight to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich., where he remained hospitalized in critical condition as of 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 9.

Darlene Eichelberger and Benjamin Eichelberger, 13, of Goshen, were both taken to Elkhart General Hospital for complaints of back pain.

White was taken to Elkhart General Hospital for complaints of back and leg pain.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or the events leading up to the crash is asked to contact Crash Team Investigators Lt. Casey Lehman or Detective Brandon Denesuk at 574-891-2300




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