A STAFF REPORT
THE GOSHEN NEWS
A teen driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash east of Goshen Friday night.
Dustin Schwartz, 16, Goshen, suffered head trauma and a head laceration in the crash, Elkhart County police reported. He was transported via Medflight to Memorial Hospital of South Bend.
The mishap occurred around 10:35 p.m. on C.R. 36 east of C.R. 37. Police said Schwartz was driving a 1997 Ford Expedition and tried to pass a horse and buggy. The animal was spooked, police reported, and Schwartz swerved to miss the horse and buggy and lost control of the vehicle.
The Expedition went off the south side of C.R. 36 and into mud. The vehicle traveled back across C.R. 36 and went off the north side of the road, striking a mailbox, telephone box and ditch. The Expedition overturned, and Schwartz was ejected and struck a small tree. The vehicle came to rest upside down.
A passenger in the automobile, Luke Beechy, 16, Topeka, suffered chest and leg pain as a result of the crash and was transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital for treatment.
Schwartz was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, police reported.