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Tragedy mars holiday weekend

July 5, 2011

HOUSE HIT ... A city police officer looks over a van which struck a home in Decatur on Sunday evening. (Photo by Eric Mann)

    Tragedy marred the long Fourth of July holiday weekend in Adams County, with a young rural Monroe man losing his life in a farming accident and several people injured in traffic accident.
    Mahlon I. Schwartz, died at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne on Friday night of injuries suffered in a farming accident earlier that evening.
    An Adams County Sheriff's Department report said Schwartz, 22, was run over by a hay wagon on County Rd. 200 South at CR 300 East around 7:49 p.m.
    He was treated by Adams County paramedics, then taken by the Emergency Medical Service to Adams Memorial Hospital and finally was flown by the Samaritan helicopter to Parkview, where he died about 10:30 p.m.
    The sheriff's department report said Schwartz was driving a horse and was seated on a two-wheeled cart when the assembly that held the horse came apart. The animal went out of control and Schwartz fell from the cart and was run over by a hay wagon.
    An obituary notice is in today's edition.

Fair condition
    Meanwhile, a city woman was listed in fair condition this morning at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne following a 10:10 p.m. Sunday accident in which her van left the road, went through a bean field, and ended up striking a house on Winchester Street in Decatur.
    City police said Amanda D. Eltzroth, 27, Edgemont Drive, Decatur, was headed northeast in the 1000 block of Winchester Street when her vehicle veered off the street. Police said the van traveled nearly a quarter-mile through a bean field before it crashed through a chain  link fence owned by Ed Gage, Winchester Street, Decatur, and the finally hit a house owned by Daniel L. Feasel, Winchester Street, Decatur.
    Police said Eltzroth was unable to recall any details of the mishap. She was transferred to Parkview Hospital with what the police report said was a fractured leg and pelvis along with other bruises and cuts.
    The report said the Feasel residence sustained damage to the foundation along with both outside and inside wall structures. Police estimated damage to the residence, van, and property at between $25,001-$50,000.
    Eltzroth was cited by police for failing to maintain financial responsibility for her vehicle.

Two injured
    The sheriff's department investigated two Saturday accidents that resulted in drivers being taken to hospitals.
    At 6:36 a.m., Matthew B. Chronister, 17, Eagle Glen Court, Decatur, was northbound on U.S. 33 about a half-mile from C.R. 650E when, police said, he apparently fell asleep at the wheel. His car went off the road into a ditch and traveled some distance before striking a small group of trees.
    Police said Chronister suffered contusions and bruises to his face. He was treated at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, then released.
    Between $5,001-$10,000 in damage was done to the car.
    At 6:09 p.m., Tyler R. Sloffer, 21, rural Decatur, was southbound on 28th Street near U.S. 224 at what the report indicated was a high rate of speed while being pursued by police officers.
    Sloffer lost control of his car while rounding a curve and left the roadway, entering a ditch on the west side. His car struck several trees before finally stopping. Damage was estimated at between $10,001-$25,000.
    Sloffer was transported to the hospital for treatment of facial abrasion and the police report indicated he escaped more serious injuries due to the fact he was wearing a seat belt and the air bag deployed in his vehicle upon impact.
    He was treated at Adams Memorial Hospital and released .

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