Sherman Township crash causes serious injuries

One person sustained serious injuries late Friday in a two-vehicle crash in Sherman Township.

St. Joseph County sheriff ‘s deputies said a vehicle driven by Natalie Whiteman, 19, of Shipshewana, was westbound on Banker Road when she failed to stop at the intersection of Shimmel Road.

Her car was struck by an SUV driven by Carmita Hunter, 47, of Centreville. Hunter was driving south on Shimmel Road.

Whiteman, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was taken to Bronson Methodist Hospital for treatment. Hunter and passengers Madison Hunter, 20, and Jill Peterson, 32, both of Centreville, declined medical treatment.

As authorities were directing traffic away from the scene, another crash occurred later on Shimmel Road near Sauger Lake Road, where a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old Centreville resident struck an emergency vehicle.

A firefighter directing traffic was able to avoid being struck. The driver, whose name was not released, was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, according to authorities.

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