Accidents reported in Elkhart, Cass counties

ELKHART COUNTY / MICHIANA — The following accident reports were received from area agencies.

Driver injured in two-vehicle crash

Goshen — Ryan Ritchie, 31, of Middlebury was injured in an accident at the intersection of County Road 28 and County Road 35 outside of Goshen Monday afternoon.

As reported in the accident report provided by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, Ritchie, who was westbound on CR 28 in a 2006 Chevy C4500 truck, failed to yield at the intersection after stopping at the sign. He proceeded into the intersection, into the path of a 2015 Ford F150 pickup driven by George Burks, 66, of Sun City Center, Florida.

According to police, Burks, who was traveling southbound on CR 35 and had the right of way. Burks’ truck hit Ritchie’s vehicle on the front passenger side.

The impact caused Ritchie’s vehicle to vault over Burks’ truck, striking a fence. It rolled over, coming to a rest on the top of the vehicle.

Ritchie suffered a laceration to his head and complained of pain in his right wrist. He was transported from the scene to Elkhart General Hospital

The crash is under investigation.

Driver in buggy injured

MILLERSBURG — A driver has been faulted for driving too close after hitting a horse-drawn buggy in the rear, causing the buggy driver to be thrown from the vehicle.

Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department officers responded to the accident at 1:49 p.m. Monday on County Road 42 near County Road 43.

A 2006 Chevy 3500 truck driven by Wayne Diehm, 54, of Kendallville and the horse and buggy, were both traveling west on County Road 42, just west of County Road 43. According to the accident report, Diehm was travelling too close and hit the buggy, causing the driver, 24 year old Jason Hershberger of Millersburg to be thrown from the vehicle.

Hershberger was transported from the scene by helicopter, with a broken leg and pain. His injuries were not considered life threatening, according to the report.

No citations were issued.

Motorcyclist injured in crash

CASS COUNTY, Mich. — A motorcyclist attempting to pass another vehicle lost control and crashed into a yard at 5:17 p.m. Monday, April 30.

According to the accident report, Debra Hartline, 51, of Cassopolis, was injured in the crash, which occurred on Day Lake Road near Jeffries Street in Calvin Township.

Hartline was riding her motorcycle northbound on Day Street when she attempted to pass a vehicle driven by Edward McLachlan, 57, of Reed City, Michigan. In doing so, Hartline sideswiped the vehicle, which caused her to lose control and crash into a yard, according to the report provided by Cass County Sheriff, Richard Behnke.

She was not wearing a helmet, police said.

She was transported from the scene to Elkhart General Hospital for her injuries.

The case remains under investigation, according to police.

Single car accident sends Niles woman to hospital

CASS COUNTY, Mich. — A single car accident sent a Niles woman to Elkhart General Hospital late Monday evening.

In a report issued by Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke, at 8:42 p.m. Monday, April 30, his officers responded to a single vehicle accident on Chapel Hill Street near Union Road in Porter Township.

Kaylee Rohlfs, 25, of Niles, was westbound on Chapel Hill Street when she lost control on the dirt road and struck the embankment.

She was taken from the scene to Elkhart General Hospital for her injuries.

The accident remains under investigation, according to Behnke.

Semitrailer damages car at intersection

GOSHEN — At 7:55 a.m. Tuesday morning, a semi tractor pulling flatbed trailer making a left hand turn from Lincoln Avenue onto Blackport Road hit the front end of a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee,

According to the accident report provided by Goshen Police, the semi driver, Daniel Christiansen, 59, of Ligonier, was westbound on Lincoln Avenue. Christopher Mauer, 46, of Goshen, was stopped at the stop sign on Blackport Road at Lincoln Avenue. When Christiansen navigated the turn onto Blackport Road, the front set of trailer tires struck Mauer’s vehicle in its left front corner. The impact pushed Mauer off the east side of the highway.

Although Mauer complained of neck and back pain at the scene, he did not request an ambulance.

Damage is estimated at between $2,501 and $5,000. Mauer’s vehicle was towed from the scene.

Christiansen was faulted for improper turning.

Motorcyclist injured in accident

GOSHEN — A motorcyclist was injured in an accident that occurred at 1:10 p.m. Tuesday in Goshen.

According to the accident report provided by Goshen Police, the driver of a 2005 black Mercedes entered the intersection at Regent Street and Dierdorff Road, believing he had enough time to clear the intersection before a second vehicle approached from the north.

The driver, Sammuel Hardy, 23, of Plymouth, stopped at the stop sign at the intersection, and proceeded across Dierdorff Road. According to the accident report, Hardy indicated to police that he saw a vehicle approaching but thought he had enough clearance to make it safely across the intersection. He said he did not see the motorcycle in front of the other vehicle.

Hardy’s vehicle’s right front bumper struck the 2017 Harley Davidson on the right rear fender. The motorcycle was driven by Jacob Stromatt, 25, of Warsaw. It was towed from the scene and Stromatt was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Damage to the vehicles involved is estimated at between $10,001 and $25,000.

Hardy was faulted for failure to yield.

Man injured in tractor accident

WAKARUSA — A man driving a tractor in a field off of County Road 40 was taken to the hospital Tuesday afternoon for non-life threatening injuries.

According to the accident report provided by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, Justin Phelps, 20, of Bremen was driving the tractor in the field at 2:28 p.m. when he struck a ditch.

Phelps said he did not know what happened, but remembers waking up.

He was transported to Bremen Hospital with a complaint of head and neck pain.

According to the report, Phelps’ injuries were not life threatening.

No enforcement actions were taken.


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