Charges filed after fatal LaGrange County buggy crash

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(Ashley Wilkerson/Elkhart Truth)

A 21-year-old driver struck a open-top horse-drawn buggy early Saturday morning in LaGrange County, killing a mother and 15-year-old daughter.

An investigation revealed a Chevy Malibu was traveling westbound on 800 S, just past 500 W, when it passed a Jeep. Upon getting back into its lane, the Malibu struck the back of a westbound horse-drawn buggy.

44-year-old Velda Miller and her 15-year-old daughter, both passengers in the buggy, were both killed upon impact.

Another passenger was taken to a local hospital with complaint of neck injuries.

The driver of the Malibu, 21-year-old Jazieel DeLeon, was also taken to a local hospital with lower abdominal injuries.

DeLeon faces two counts of Operating While Intoxicated, Causing Death.

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