Drivers, passengers injured in accidents

Speed a factor in injury accident

ELKHART COUNTY — A three-vehicle accident Saturday between Wakarusa and Nappanee resulted in a child being transported to the hospital.

According to the accident report, the 11:41 a.m. collision occurred on State Route 19, north of County Road 48.

A 2004 Honda Element driven by Beth Wood, 47, of Woodburn, Indiana, ran into the rear of 2003 Chevy Impala which was stopped just north of CR 48 while waiting for a third vehicle to make a left-hand turn. The Impala was driven by Cooper Middaugh, 18, of Nappanee.

The impact forced the Impala into the rear of the third vehicle, a 1995 Saturn Sl, driven by John Shapland, 44, of Nappanee.

A child in Shapland’s vehicle, complained of neck pain, shortness of breath and loss of sight. She was transported to Elkhart General from the scene and her injuries were not considered life-threatening, according to the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department report.

Wood was cited for failing to reduce speed.

Two vehicle head on collision injures two in Cass County

CASS COUNTY, Mich. _ Passengers in two vehicles involved in a head-on crash were transported to a hospital in South Bend after a crash late Saturday near Howard Township in Cass County, Michigan.

As provided in the accident report provided by Sheriff Richard Behnke, deputies were called to the scene of the accident at 11:45 p.m. Saturday.

According to the report, the driver of an Oldsmobile, identified as 24 year old Charline Fortuna turned onto M-60 heading north, and crossed the center line into oncoming traffic. Her vehicle struck a southbound vehicle driven Melvin Cole III of Niles.

Amelia Swailes, 23, of Niles, Michigan, one of two passengers in Cole’s vehicle, was injured and taken to the hospital. Joseph Fortuna, 27, of Niles, was riding in Fortuna’s vehicle and also required transport to South Bend for treatment of his injuries. Police said he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Assisting agencies were the Howard Township Fire Department, and SMCAS Ambulance service.

Deer blamed for single vehicle crash

CASS COUNTY, Mich. — A motorist who swerved to avoid a deer suffered minor injuries in an accident Thursday.

Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke reported that the occurred on M 51 near White Street in Howard Township.

According to the report, Anna Norton, 62, was northbound on M 51 when she swerved to avoid a deer. Norton’s vehicle ran off the road to the right into a culvert.

Norton had minor injuries and was transported to Lakeland Hospital from the scene.

The Howard Township Fire Department and the Michigan State Police assisted the Sheriff’s Office at the crash scene.

The incident remains under investigation.

Failure to yield cited as accident cause

GOSHEN — A two vehicle accident Thursday afternoon about a mile outside the Goshen city limits resulted in injuries for a driver and his passenger.

According to the accident report provided by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, a 1990 Chevrolet C14 driven by Kenneth Jimenez, 31, of LaGrange, was travelling southbound on County Road 21, just north of County Road 26. Jimenez failed to stop at the intersection, colliding into a 2014 Subaru Impreza driven by Tyler Keenoy, 35, of Goshen.

Police said Keenoy had the right-of-way. His vehicle suffered heavy front-end damage and the air bag in his car deployed.

Jimenez and his passenger, Rachel Hawkins, 36, of Lagrange, suffered injuries. Jimenez complained of right leg and hip pain and had small laceration

Jimenez was cited for failure to yield and an expired registration.

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