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Elkhart PD release car description in fatal hit and run

ELKHART, Ind. – Elkhart Police have released a description for the suspect vehicle in the fatal hit-and-run that killed three people and injured two others on Saturday.

Police are looking for a light colored Cadillac with front and driver side damage but do not have a suspect description at this point.

Bradley Smith’s nextdoor neighbor and friend Sabrina Meadows says the victim often walked that very path on Beardsley Avenue.

“He walks everywhere so does she, hes not the type to ask for a ride unless he needs it. He loves to walk he loves the nature. I’m just kinda shocked about it. I just don’t understand why the driver didn’t stop,” says Meadows.

Meadows, like many others in the community are anxious for the suspect to be held accountable.

“I hope the person is caught or they can turn themselves in. Hopefully they see all this and they are able to get justice on all these families sake. They are grieving now. An 11 month old, a 22 year old and an 8 month old it’s just crazy,” says Meadow.

In a statement from Elkhart Police released Sunday evening they say:

On Saturday August 26, 2017 at 9:19 PM members of the Elkhart Police Department and Elkhart Fire Department were dispatched to the area of East Beardsley Avenue and Cassopolis Street in regards to a motor vehicle crash.

Police and fire arrived to find several victims in the roadway and on the sidewalk. At this time it appears the suspect vehicle was traveling east on Beardsley Avenue when it left the south side of the road striking 5 subjects then the suspect vehicle re-entered the roadway and struck two vehicles before fleeing the scene.

The victims in the crash have been identified as:

The operators of the vehicles and their passengers were not injured.

Allison Mikel / Smith, 22 years old of Elkhart, was treated at Elkhart General Hospital for serious injuries.

Bradley Smith, 22 years old of Elkhart, was treated at Memorial Hospital for serious injuries.

Shawn Wilcott, 22 years old of Elkhart, was transported to Memorial Hospital where he later died.

Courtney Smith, 11 years old of Elkhart, died at the scene.

Dolly Smith, 8 months old of Elkhart, was transported to Memorial Hospital and started toward Riley Hospital before returning to Memorial Hospital due to complications. Dolly was later transported to Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago Illinois where she later died.

At this we believe the suspect vehicle to me a light in color Cadillac with front and driver side damage. There is no description of the driver.

Anybody with information regarding the suspect or anybody that was in the area at the time of the crash and can provide information is asked to contact the Elkhart Police Department at 574-295-7070.

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