2 hospitalized after man backs out of garage and hits car, pedestrian

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ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) – Police say a driver was backing out of a garage at a high rate of speed Wednesday afternoon when he hit a car and then a pedestrian, sending two people to the hospital.

Leonard Paff, 85, of Elkhart, was reversing fast out of a service garage in the 26000 block of Markle Avenue Wednesday around 12:08 p.m. when his Chrysler Town and Country hit a parked Buick Enclave, according to a release from the Elkhart County Sheriff's Office.

Paff reportedly continued backing up after hitting the Buick and eventually hit a pedestrian, identified as 76-year-old Kenneth Stoll, also of Elkhart. Eventually, Paff's minivan hit the business, bringing it to a stop.

Stoll was transported to the hospital for treatment of facial lacerations, chest injuries and possible internal injuries.

Paff was taken to the hospital for treatment of shoulder pain and to have blood drawn to aid the investigation.

The crash remains under investigation, and the Elkhart County Sheriff's Office said no citations have been issued or charges filed.