Driver in fatal U.S. 33 crash was traveling over 100 mph

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

Elkhart County, Ind. One person is dead and another seriously injured after a crash in rural Elkhart County on the night of Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Police say it happened around 5:45 p.m. near the intersection of U.S. 33 and CR 50.

They say 25-year-old Mario Reyes was traveling south on U.S. 33 at speeds in excess of 100 mph when he crossed the center line, ran off the east side of the road, and crashed into a ditch, causing his car to overturn several times. Reyes was wearing a seat belt, but died from his injuries.

Police say his passenger, 23-year-old Vincente Martinez, wasn't wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the car. Martinez sustained serious head injuries and was air lifted to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Both men are from Ligonier.

Dispatchers told our reporting partners at The Elkhart Truth a passerby called 911, saying the car flipped after it was racing down the road with another.

Investigators are seeking additional information about a light colored SUV that may have been in the area at the time of the crash. Anyone with information is asked to call the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department at 574-533-4151.

The crash forced police to close U.S. 33 for several hours.

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