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Saturday, December 04, 2021 12:01 am

Pickup driver in custody after crashing into buggy

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A young female was airlifted to Parkview Regional Medical Center Friday afternoon after the buggy she was riding in was struck from behind by a Fulton County man.

Kevin Alan Swihart, 30, of Akron, is incarcerated in the Kosciusko County Jail, the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

According to law enforcement officials, Swihart was driving while intoxicated when he rammed his 2010 Nissan Titan pickup into the back of a buggy being driven southbound by Wayne Hochstetler in the 9600 block of North State Road 19.

The collision caused "catastrophic damage to the buggy," a news release said.

Swihart left the scene of the accident but was stopped later by police after concerned citizens reported seeing a Nissan pickup being driven erratically in southern Kosciusko County, officials said.

Swihart was uninjured in the accident. Hochstetler, 45, of Milford, was treated at the scene and released. 

The sheriff's department didn't disclose the name of the female juvenile traveling with Hochstetler. She was last reported to be in stable condition.

Charges have not yet been filed against Swihart.

Responding agencies were the Kosciusko County and Fulton County sheriff's offices; Akron, Claypool and Mentone police departments; Nappanee Fire and EMS; and Parkview Samaritan Air Ambulance.


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