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Man retrieved from fatal crash into St. Joseph River in Elkhart identified

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UDPATE: The person pulled from an SUV that landed in the St. Joseph River in Elkhart, Monday, has been identified as 58-year-old Phillip Hickman of South Bend. An officer at McNaughton Park was told by a witness about the vehicle that had just driven into the water. It took crews around 3 hours to get the car out of the water. Hickman was pronounced dead at the scene. Nobody else was in the vehicle.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Elkhart Police Department announced Monday afternoon that the body of a man was recovered from an SUV that witnesses saw plunge into the St. Joseph River that morning.

The vehicle was pulled from the river around 3 p.m. roughly 3 1/2 hours after the crash was reported along the river at McNaughton Park, just south of Elkhart General Hospital.

No one else was said to have been in the vehicle at the time.

Divers from the Elkhart Fire Department were assisted by fire crews from Mishawaka and Penn.

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