ELKHART COUNTY — Phillip Lehman, 81, Syracuse, was not injured when his vehicle was involved in a four-vehicle crash at 8:06 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, on SR 19, north of CR 26, one mile south of Elkhart. That crash occurred after a motorist attempted to avoid another crash that had just happened.
Three people were injured in the two collisions. Jeannette Pollard, 51, Wakarusa, sustained a broken nose, Donald Truex, 62, sustained back and neck injuries. Jace Pollard, 5, Wakarusa, a passenger in Jeannette Pollard’s vehicle suffered a laceration to the left eye.
Elkhart County Police reported Pollard was southbound on SR 19, north of CR 26 in a 1995 GMC Sierra and was driving too fast for the icy road conditions. Pollard lost control of her vehicle, going off the side of the road colliding with the barrier. Pollard and her 5-year-old passenger were taken to Elkhart General Hospital. She was cited for driving too fast for road conditions.
Ashley Brimhall, 25, Goshen; Liliana Khailo, 20, Elkhart; Lehman; and Truex were all southbound on SR 19. Brimhall, driving a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix, saw the Pollard vehicle crash and attempted to avoid the crash, but was also driving too fast for road conditions causing her vehicle to spin out and hit the Khailo vehicle. Khailo, driving a 2006 Subaru Tribeca, had slowed to almost a stop when her vehicle was struck. Lehman, driving a 2014 Buick VCN and who had brought his vehicle to a stop, was hit from behind by the Truex vehicle. Truex, driving a 2009 Honda CRV, stated he attempted to stop but his vehicle began to slide.
Police reported the roadway was severely icy.