PLYMOUTH — As a result of the initial investigation for this collision, Arturo Mendez Luviano, 45, Shipshewana was arrested the following day by an officer of the Marshall County Police Department. He was later lodged at the Marshall County Jail. One of the victims in the collision, Riley H. Duerstock, 21, Batesville, unfortunately succumbed to the injuries that she received as a result of the vehicle collision.
Duerstock was engaged to the driver of the other vehicle involved, Jarrod JC Nichols, 24, Milan. Nichols is an active police officer with the Aurora Police Department, located in Dearborn. Nichols is still hospitalized for extensive injuries as a result of the collision.
An initial case report has been completed and was forwarded to the Marshall County Prosecutors Office. Physical evidence at the scene showed that Luviano was driving his vehicle north bound in the south bound lanes of US 31 prior to the collision.
Luviano has since been charged with Criminal Recklessness a level 5, Aggressive Driving a level 5, and Operating While Intoxicated a level 4 felony. The next scheduled court date for the offender is Wednesday.Sept. 27 in the Marshall County Superior Court 1.