ELKHART COUNTY — Dave Hartzler, 54, Millersburg, sustained fatal injuries in a three-vehicle crash at 5:44 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. The crash was on US 33 at CR 146 in Benton Township, northeast of Syracuse.
The drivers of the other two vehicles, Dzevad Sahbazovic, 45, Granger, and Brett Faulkner, 59, Syracuse, were also injured. Sahbazovic complained of leg pain and Faulkner complained of head pain. Both were treated at the scene by emergency personnel.
Elkhart County Sheriff’s Officers report Sahbazovic was northbound on US 33 in a 2007 Honda behind Hartzler’s 2012 Ford. Faulkner was southbound on US 33 in a 2001 Dodge truck. Investigators report Hartzler had stopped to turn left onto CR 146 and was waiting for southbound traffic to clear to make the turn when he was struck from behind by Sahbazovic’s vehicle. Hartzler’s vehicle was then pushed into the southbound lane where the passenger side of his vehicle was struck by the front of Faulkner’s vehicle.
No citations were issued at the scene and the crash is under investigation by the Elkhart County Crash Investigation Team.