According to the report, the accident happened shortly after 10 a.m. Dec. 13 and started when an eastbound Chevrolet pickup driven by Mark Archer, 52, of Leesburg, veered off Old Ind. 15 for an unknown reason, continued east across a set of railroad tracks and struck an ornamental Amish buggy before colliding with the old mill. Police said Archer told them he blacked out prior to leaving the roadway and crashing into the building.
Archer sustained very minor injuries as a result of the crash. However, he was transported to Parkview Hospital Fort Wayne at his request for further examination. Upon examination at the hospital, police said it was determined Archer had experienced a heart attack and he immediately underwent emergency surgery, which was unsuccessful.
Following an investigation into the crash, it was determined that Archer had suffered the heart attack prior to the crash, which caused him to lose consciousness.
The Allen County Coroner’s Office conducted a death investigation after the emergency surgery at Parkview Hospital. The office reportedly determined the cause of death as complications stemming from the heart attack and not as a result of the crash.
• A 49-year-old female was walking across the street at the intersection of Jackson and Main streets in Goshen at 5:58 a.m. Thursday when she was reportedly struck by a vehicle. Police indicated that the vehicle failed to stop following the collision. The female was transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital for treatment of pain to her legs.
• A New Paris man and a Goshen woman were injured in a two-vehicle collision at 3:34 p.m. Wednesday near Goshen. According to Elkhart County police, Elise Wright, 23, Goshen, was driving her vehicle north on Ind. 15, just south of C.R. 46. A second vehicle, driven by Brian Riggle, 19, New Paris, was stopped at a stop sign on C.R. 46 at the Ind. 15 intersection facing west. Riggle reportedly failed to yield the right of way and entered the intersection, causing Wright’s vehicle to collide with his vehicle. Riggle complained of neck pain and was transported to IU Health Goshen Hospital for treatment. Wright suffered chest and ankle pain. Riggle was cited for failure to yield the right of way.