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Moped crash victim catches fire

Posted on Apr 21, 2009

WESTVILLE - One person was airlifted to Memorial Hospital of South Bend after a collision between a moped and a car Thursday night, April 16, 2009, at the intersection of U.S. 421 and Ind. 2.

The moped was carrying Mark Grant, an 18-year-old driver, and a passenger, Ray Herrold, 19, of Otis.

Grant died of massive multi-system trauma several hours later, which included head injuries and bone fractures. Grant also sustained burn injuries when the moped he was driving caught fire after impacting the 2007 Dodge Caliber driven by 32-year-old Camie Tyler of Westville.

Herrold was also transported to Memorial Hospital of South Bend, where he was treated for minor injuries, Sullivan said. Herrold complained of stomach and abdominal pain following the crash.

According to Westville Police Chief Deputy Rich Oberle, Tyler was making a left turn onto southbound U.S. 421 when she collided with the moped dragging it out of the intersection. The car came to a rest on top of the two-wheeled vehicle.

Grant was driving the moped east across U.S. 421 on Indiana 2, while Tyler was driving westbound on Indiana 2 and making a left turn onto U.S. 421 south. The traffic light was green for both drivers, and he said the lights were functioning properly.

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