Accidents, crashes keep law enforcement busy

ELKHART COUNTY — Regional law enforcement agencies responded to multiple accidents involving injuries over the weekend.

n On Saturday, Aug. 26 at 12:23 a.m. Goshen police responded to a crash between an Pontiac GTO driven by Alejandro Botello ,a motorcycle driven by Tyler James, and a Chevrolet Equinox driven by Guadalupe B. Fuentes near Peddlers Village.

In the police report, Botello stated he was traveling northwest on US 33/Elkhart Road approaching the intersection at Peddlers Village Road. He said he had a friend traveling in front of him and his friend began to turn west onto Peddlers Village Road.

Botello told police that he started to turn after his friend turned. That’s when he collided into James, who was traveling southwest on Elkhart Road.

Botello’s vehicle then struck the Equinox.

Fuentes told police she was traveling southwest on US 33/Elkhart Road approaching the intersections at Peddlers Village Road, traveling behind James. She said the light was Green, giving her and James the right-of-way through the intersection.

Fuentes stated she observed Botello collide into the motorcycle and although she attempted to avoid Botello, but she was unable to.

All three vehicles had heavy damage.

James was taken by EMS to the hospital due to lacerations to his left leg.

n On Saturday, Aug. 26 at 6:44 p.m. Elkhart police responded to a crash between a Dodge Ram and Ford Edge on County Road 20, west of County Road 111.

According to the accident report, a Dodge Ram driven by Martin Lopez was attempting to turn into CR 20 from a private driveway on the south side of the roadway, west of CR 111.

The Ford Edge that was driven by Luis Hernandez was traveling east bound on CR 20, west of CR 111.

According to police, Lopez failed to yield right of the way from the private driveway and pulled onto CR 20 and crashed into the passenger side of the Ford Edge.

Lopez had no injuries as a result of the crash.

Hernandez suffered a head laceration and was transported for medical treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Two passengers in his vehicle were transported for medical treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Lopez was cited for the failure to yield the right of way and for driving with a suspended-infraction.

Hernandez received an on-view citation for never receiving a license-misdemeanor as well as a citation for failure to file financial responsibility.

n On Friday Aug. 25 the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department responded to crash between a Chevy Van and a Chevy Malibu at 1 p.m. on County Road 15.

According to the accident report, a Chevy van driven by Melissa Juhnke was on CR 15 north of CR 46, stopped for a stop sign facing south. The Chevy Malibu driven by Emily Yoder was headed west on CR 46 and entering the CR 15 intersection.

Juhnke started into the roadway, failing to yield for Yoder. The two vehicles collided in the intersection.

Yoder was injured in the collision, and was transported to Goshen General by ambulance for treatment.

No one was cited for this collision at this time.

n On Thursday, Aug. 24 the Goshen Police responded to a four-car accident at 4:11 p.m. near the 1800 block of Lincolnway East.

The accident involved a Ford Taurus driven by Phillip Wertz, a KIA Soul driven by Patricia Smith, a Dodge Stratus driven by Juan Manuel Cordova Salas, and a Pontiac Gran Prix driven by Stacy Kincaid.

According to the police accident report, Kincaid was stopped facing northwest on US 33. Cordova Salas and Smith were stopped behind Kincaid.

Wertz was also traveling northwest bound, approaching the line of cars stopped in traffic. He told police that he was fixing his hair in the rearview mirror and didn’t see that Smith was stopped.

His vehicle crashed into the rear of Smith’s, causing damage. This impact caused Smith’s car to be pushed into the rear of Cordova Salas’ which in turn caused Cordova Salas’s vehicle to be pushed into the rear of Kincaid’s.

Both Wertz’s and Smith’s cars were towed from the scene due to being inoperable.

Smith had a bruised foot and a passenger complained of head pain. Cordova Salas complained of neck pain, and two passengers in his car also complained of injuries; one was transported to complained to Goshen General Hospital.

Cordova Salas didn’t have a license or proof of insurance and was cited for those offenses, and his car was impounded as a result. No other citations for any of the other drivers was indicated on the accident report.

n In neighboring Cass County Michigan, Sheriff’s deputies investigated a single vehicle crash,which occurred on Saturday, Aug. 26 and 9:56 a.m. on M-62 near Hess Rd. in Jefferson Township.

According to police report on the incident, emergency crews responding to the scene found a vehicle that had struck a tree with a driver trapped inside.

Edwardsburg Fire and Life Care were able to extricate the drive was identified as Donna Vanvooren of Edwardsburg.

Vanvooren was transported to South Bend Memorial Hospital for treatment. Seatbelt was used and alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

n On Saturday, Aug. 26 at 7:19 p.m. a Toyota Sienna driven by Brent Shank hit a tree while heading south on State Road 15.

He told police the sun caught his eyes and he blacked out. Shank stated that the next thing he knew he woke up on the ground with people around him helping before the paramedics arrived.

Upon review of the scene, police said it appeared that Shank was traveling south one State Road 15 when he went off the road in front of 513 State Road 15 (South Main Street) and collided with a tree in front of the house.

There were tire marks in the grass that led up to the tree.

Shank’s front bumper area collided with the tree causing the vehicle to go from southeast to facing west. The vehicle had extensive damage to the front bumper and front passenger area of the vehicle.

Shank was taken to Goshen General Hospital by Ambulance.

n On Saturday, Aug. 26 at 12:39 p.m., Goshen Police arrived to a two car accident that involved a Dodge Dakota driven by Joshua Hight, and a Ford Explorer, driven by Jaison Alexander.

The accident report said Hight advised police that he was eastbound on US 33/Pike Street. He admitted he was answering a call from his daughter on his cell phone, and didn’t realize the traffic light for Pike Street traffic was red. Information that he was on his cell phone was confirmed by other witnesses at the scene, according to police.

He allegedly disregarded the red traffic light and his vehicle struck Alexander’s Ford Explorer that was properly in the intersection waiting to turn left onto US 33 /Pike Street.

Hight was then cited for disregarding automatic and arrested for never obtaining license when required.

(7) comments

Revjimjones

@farley-we can't have ICE poking around and removing RV part suppliers workforce can we?

Average Joe

Gee, i hope so!

Mustang

"Hernandez received an on-view citation for never receiving a license-misdemeanor as well as a citation for failure to file financial responsibility."
So likely illegal and with no insurance. Yeah, I don't know why people get so excited about this stuff.

Charles U Farley

Seems to be a theme:

"Lopez was cited for the failure to yield the right of way and for driving with a suspended-infraction."

"Cordova Salas didn’t have a license or proof of insurance and was cited for those offenses, and his car was impounded as a result."

"Hight was then cited for disregarding automatic and arrested for never obtaining license when required."

Average Joe

It appears that in several accidents people should have been tossed in jail for no op. I guess that this is what sanctuary cities do, disregard the value of peoples lives on the road.

fire111

Tickets are infractions. I don't believe they are misdemeanors. Indiana has felonies, misdemeanors and infractions. Typically infractions are not a jail offense. Driving while never receiving a license is an infraction. Driving while suspended is much different. You have already been adjudicated and ordered to not drive!

Charles U Farley

Not having a state ID should be enough reason to check with ICE, even for an infraction.

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