Posted on May 20, 2024

1 injured in New Paris accident blamed on distracted driver

NEW PARIS, IN - A collision blamed on a distracted driver in Elkhart County sent another driver to the hospital, authorities said.

According to WBND, the incident happened May 13 in the 68000 block of U.S. 33 near the intersection with County Road 33.

The Elkhart Sheriff's Office said a 17-year-old male from Millersburg was driving a 2014 Dodge Charger west on U.S. 33 shortly before 5 p.m. when he dropped a soft drink onto the car's floorboard and reached down to pick it up.  When he looked back onto the road, it was too late to avoid crashing into the back of a 2016 Nissan Altima that was stopped with the turning signal on, waiting to turn into a driveway.

The driver of the Nissan, a 32-year-old Decatur man, was treated at the scene and then taken to Parkview Medical Center for treatment.  Both vehicles were damaged in the collision.

Our Indianapolis car accident lawyer will continue to monitor this developing story and provide any updates as they are made publicly available.