Suspected drunk driver faces charges for deadly crash into South Bend home

SOUTH BEND, Ind. --  A woman is facing multiple charges after driving her car into a South Bend home and killing the woman inside.

It happened around 1:30 a.m. on Friday at the intersection of Corby and Twyckenham in South Bend.

56-year-old Barbara Knapp and one of her dogs were found dead at the scene.

The Fatal Alcohol Crash Team was called to the scene to investigate. They determined that McCaffery was traveling westbound on Corby when she tried to turn south at Twykenham, but lost control and drove into a house on the southwest corner.

Police arrested 23-year-old Erica McCaffery and said they believed that alcohol was involved in the crash.

On Monday, the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office filed the following charges:

  • Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated (a Class A misdemeanor)
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle With an Alcohol Concentration of .08 or more grams of Alcohol in the breath (a Class C misdemeanor)
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated Resulting in Death of Another Person (a Class C felony)


The home is scheduled to be torn down Tuesday.

McCaffery's bond was set at $20,000 corporate surety or $2,000 cash.


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