According to the LaGrange Police Department, unsafe speed appears to be a contributing factor into the crash that sent a Jeep Cherokee into the former Mom’s Restaurant on Easter Sunday.
The department reported that around 2:10 p.m. on April 8 a Jeep Cherokee was southbound on SR 9 (Detroit St.) and sideswiped a passenger car that was stopped in the southbound lane at the intersection of SR 9 and US 20. The Jeep continued through the intersection, driving west over a curb and into Mom’s Restaurant.
The Jeep reportedly traveled 3/4 of the way through the closed restaurant.
The department said that the initial investigation shows that the driver of the Jeep was traveling at an unsafe speed. According to an eyewitness, the Jeep may have been traveling at 45 mph, the report said.
Two people were inside the Jeep. The driver was transported to Parkview LaGrange Hospital, but sustained no injuries. The passenger was also uninjured.
Assisting at the scene was the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department, the Shipshewana Police Department, Indiana State Police, LaGrange County EMS, and LaGrange Fire Department.