Two cars collided at the intersection of Detroit Street and Fort Wayne Street in downtown Warsaw and a teen narrowly escaped serious injury.Huntley Davis, 15, Bourbon, was only inches from the crash when it happened.
“I was leaning up against the telephone pole,” he told StaceyPageOnline.com. “It just happened right in front of me. I wasn’t unconscious, because I jumped up right after. But I don’t really remember what happened.”
A police report indicates Davis felt what he described as “an electric shock” at the time of the collision.
Scratch marks were visible on the sidewalk where one of the vehicles apparently left the roadway, possibly making physical contact with Davis. Despite being so close to the collision, he sustained only a minor laceration to his left leg.
Warsaw Police say 18-year-old Shelly Wright of Logansport was southbound on Detroit Street in the left lane and attempted to turn left onto Fort Wayne Street when she was struck by Linda Burhcett, 48, of Warsaw.
Wright told police she believed the light was green or yellow, but “definitely not red.” Burhcett told authorities she wasn’t sure what happened, only that she saw Wright’s vehicle “flying.”
Another individual who came to the scene told police he had been talking to Wright on her cell phone when the call was disconnected and he heard sirens so he went to investigate.
Several other witnesses and spectators gathered around the scene that completely blocked traffic for nearly 30 minutes.The accident occurred directly in front of the Jiffy Lube, located at 314 N. Detroit St. Several of the employees there caught glimpses of the moments after the collision.
Jeremy Blackwell, 20, said, “I heard it and turned around. There was smoke everywhere.”
“I turned just in time to see the lady in the black car slump over,” added Jef Reece, 34.
Burchett was transported to Kosciusko Community Hospital for treatment. Davis was taken to the hospital by his mother for treatment after the crash.
Chris Hershberger, 24, a Jiffy Lube employee, attributed the accident to drivers ignoring that Fort Wayne Street is one-way on the east side of Detroit Street.
“We see 10 or 15 people going the wrong way down this street every day,” said Hershberger. He speculated that the Nissan was attempting to turn right after having come down Fort Wayne Street the wrong way, and the silver car, which was headed north on Detroit Street, collided with the Nissan at the intersection.
Warsaw Police are investigating the crash.