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Four people taken to hospital in 3-vehicle crash on Portage Avenue

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Four people were taken to the hospital following a 3-vehicle crash on Portage Avenue Wednesday mo

Justin Poppe Photo: St. Joseph County Jail

A red Explorer was traveling north on Portage Avenue at a high rate of speed around 6:15 a.m. when the SUV rear ended a Dodge between Golden and Vassar, according to St. Joseph County FACT.

The Dodge, driven by 41-year-old Tomika Watson, was pushed into a parked vehicle by the impact and pushed the parked vehicle into a yard.

Watson and her two children, ages 5 and 12, were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The alleged driver of the SUV, 29-year-old Justin Poppe, had a passenger in the back seat at the time of the crash.

She was treated for minor injuries. Poppe was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.

He was then taken to the St. Joseph County Jail on an unrelated warrant.

Police on scene said the Explorer was stolen from Mishawaka.

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