Three people killed, two others hurt in crash on County Road 38 in Elkhart County

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Three people were killed in a crash on County Road 38, west of County Road 17 in Elkhart County.

The collision happened shortly after 3 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, when Elkhart County Sheriff’s investigators say the driver, 18-year-old Christian Hartpence of Lapaz, went off the north side of the roadway, struck a utility pole and a structure, causing the vehicle to roll, coming to rest right side up in the roadway. All of the the occupants were ejected.

Hartpence died at the scene.

His passengers, 14-year-old Joseph Garrison of South Bend suffered severe head trauma and died at South Bend Memorial Hospital. Another passenger, 19-year-old Brandon Shetterly of Constantine, died at the scene.

A 17-year-old Goshen girl was taken to Elkhart General Hospital for treatment of pain.

A 30-year-old Goshen woman was airlifted to South Bend Memorial Hospital with severe head trauma.

Police say none of the occupants were wearing seatbelts. Other factors into the crash is under investigation by the Elkhart County Crash Investigation Team.


  1. If a driver lost control and flipped ejecting everyone he had to be driving at a high rate of speed.
    Drunk, high or both probably. CR38 is a pretty easily handled road if you are not impaired or foolish.

    • Just because the car flipped doesn’t mean they were drunk or high. You do not know what happened you don’t have the right to say that. You have no idea what these families are going through so please keep your comments to your self.

    • If you drive the speed limit, you could loose control. There is quite a bounce comming off cr17. I only feel comfortable driving 35 in that very spot

    • And your point? Zip your yapper. Now why would you even comment something like that when a group of kids just lost their lives? What year did you get a driving award? Exactly.

    • Actually DAVID he wasn’t drunk he LOST control and it was windy AS FUCK that night. Thank you. You’re lucky that a friend is finding this post and not his mother or sister. I promise they would hand you your ass on a fucking platter. Have some common decency.

    • WOW!! You got all that from just a couple of news articles? I’m impressed. Crap like yours is how rumors get started. Maybe you should alert the president. He’s good at spreading disinformation just like you.

    • All I have to say is that he was my best friend and it really hurts to hear you say something like this aggravates my soul to read such a thing, you think you know what happened that night when you don’t know anything that happened. Besides what you read and heard on the internet none of us were the to know, don’t put words in any of their mouths especially when you know they are not here to explain or tell you the truth about what happened.

  2. I don’t know those people but I pray for there family to get some closure in peace and I am so sorry that happened and I wanna say sorry to my niece because she knew one of them that passed away…. God speed you all and please be careful out there okay

  3. David George get your head out of your ass. I can’t BELIEVE you had the audacity to comment such a thing when you are clueless as to what may have happened. I pray nothing so horrible ever happens to you or your family or friends and someone as ignorant as you says such a thing. My daughter is devedtated over the loss of a very close friend in this tragedy so shut the fuck up and mind your business asshole!!!


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