14-year-old Elkhart boy upgraded to fair condition after crash on U.S. 33

Mark Rich was airlifted to a Kalamazoo hospital Saturday, June 7, after he sustained a head injury and was unresponsive following a crash at U.S. 33 and Sunnyside Avenue.

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 3:43 p.m.

ELKHART — A 14-year-old Elkhart boy who was injured in a two-car crash on U.S. 33 has been upgraded from critical to fair condition, according to staff at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Mark Rich was taken by MedFlight to the hospital Saturday, June 7, after he suffered a possible head injury in a crash at U.S. 33 and Sunnyside Avenue.

Rich was one of two teenage passengers in a car driven by Darlene Eichelberger, 41, of Goshen.

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

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 the SUV.

Charles Roger, who witnessed the crash, told The Elkhart Truth the truck pushed the Mini Cooper across three lanes of traffic.

White, Eichelberger and Eichelberger’s other passenger were treated at Elkhart General Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

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