City of Mishawaka facing lawsuit in connection to deadly 2020 crash

Published: Oct. 11, 2022 at 2:58 PM EDT
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MISHAWAKA, Ind. (WNDU) - The city of Mishawaka is facing a lawsuit stemming from a deadly crash two years ago.

On Dec. 2, 2020, Mishawaka Police pursued a suspect after seeing a door that had been kicked in at a nearby home. After giving chase for less than a minute, officers say the suspect’s vehicle hit a car at E. 13th Street and Spring Street.

That collision claimed the lives of Elizabeth Johnson-Neher, 18, of Mishawaka and Clayton McClish, 19, of Osceola.

Now, Johnson-Neher’s parents are filing suit, claiming the Mishawaka Police Department’s pursuit was a “careless and negligent act.”

They’re asking the city to pay damages for the death of their daughter and the distress it has caused their family.