Teen injured in hit-and-run near a crash-prone intersection

Truth file photo Four crashes have happened in two weeks by Johnson Street and Modrell Boulevard/Avenue. The latest seriously injured a teenager. 

ELKHART — A 17-year-old pedestrian was seriously injured in a hit-and-run incident about 3:55 a.m. Sunday near Johnson Street and Modrell Boulevard/Avenue, according to the Elkhart Police Department. 

Police said the girl was walking north on Johnson Street when she was struck by an unknown passenger car. 

She was taken to Elkhart General Hospital. Police described her injuries as non-life-threatening. 

Crashes in the area of Johnson and Modrell were reported on Feb. 24, Feb. 25 and March 3 as well as in previous years, leading local residents as politicians to call for changes. 

After the March 3 crash, Mayor Tim Neese’s communications director, Courtney Bearsch, said two of the three reported crashes at the time were likely tied to people driving under the influence. She also said the Mayor’s Office has asked the engineering and street departments to conduct traffic counts on Modrell, Sunset and Woodlawn avenues, which all connect Cassopolis and Johnson streets.

Public Information Officer Lt. Travis Snider said Elkhart officers have increased patrolling in the area. Police will also focus their upcoming drunken-driving enforcement near the intersection.

Snider said the state-funded enforcement allows local officers to work the detail in addition to their normal shifts.

Anyone with information about the incident Sunday can call Elkhart Police at 574-295-7070. 


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