Woman, 29, charged in connection with deadly chain reaction crash in South Bend

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A woman has been charged in the chain-reaction rear-end crash that killed two people and injured several others in South Bend.

The collision happened just before 3 a.m. on Sunday, June 28, at Lincoln Way West and Bendix Drive when the driver of a Chrysler 200 allegedly rear-ended a Saturn Ion. This caused a chain reaction crash when the Saturn Ion was pushed into a Chevy Trax, which pushed the Trax into a Ford Focus. The Ford Focus then was pushed into a BMW 750.

The drivers of the Ion, Trax, Focus, and BMW were waiting on Lincoln Way West, all in the eastbound lane, for the light to turn when the collision occurred.

The driver of the Chrysler 200 was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the second car, the Saturn Ion, identified as a 44-year-old man, was taken to the hospital and at last information was in critical condition.

The Ion’s front seat passenger, Tajuanna Norris, 47, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The rear passenger side passenger of the Ion, identified as Tony Griffin, 37, was also pronounced deceased at the scene. A fourth occupant of the Ion, the rear driver side passenger, identified as A 5-year-old boy, was taken to the hospital and at last information was in critical condition.

Raeaunna White is charged with two counts of reckless homicide, two counts of reckless driving, one count of false information, and one count driving while suspended.

White is currently hospitalized for injuries suffered in the crash.


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