Investigators seek information on hit-and-run

NAPPANEE — A Goshen man has been charged in a hit-and-run crash that injured a 17-year-old bicyclist.

Gerardo Fuentes Cortez, 49, was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon in connection with the hit and run crash earlier that morning. He was charged with leaving the scene of a crash with serious injury, a Level 6 felony.

A 17-year-old girl who was riding her bicycle was struck and injured at around 4:36 a.m., according to information from the Elkhart County Sheriff's Office. Kaitlin Troyer, of Nappanee, was heading south on C.R. 7 when she was struck by a southbound vehicle just north of C.R. 52.

She was transported to Memorial Hospital in South Bend by helicopter.

Evidence collected from the scene suggested the vehicle was a 2011 to 2014 black Chevrolet Cruze with damage to the front passenger side, according to the report. Investigators appealed to the public for information on the driver or vehicle.

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