Cops: Pedestrian struck during South Bend chase has serious leg injury
Police tell us a pedestrian struck by a suspect during a brief chase yesterday had a badly broken leg that required surgery last night. The man, who is still in the hospital, has been identified by the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office as 40-year-old Lucky Weah of South Bend.
The suspect's name is being withheld until charges are filed.
It was a crazy scene on South Bend's south side Monday evening.
The St. Joseph County's Fatal Alcohol Crash Team was called to Ewing and High Streets after a brief police chase ended with a series of crashes.
Mishawaka Police Lt. Tim Williams is a member of the FACT team and said a South Bend police officer tried to stop a car with a fake license plate at Fellows and Woodside.
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The suspect's vehicle turned west onto Woodside and took off speeding.
The car then hit several parked cars before turning north onto Michigan to Indiana. That's when police say the suspect was driving east in the westbound lane.
He led police to High Street when he ran a stop sign at Calvert and again on Ewing where he hit an SUV.
The suspect continued south on High Street, hitting three more parked cars and a pedestrian.
Both the suspect and pedestrian were taken to local hospitals for treatment and both were listed in serious but stable condition late Monday night.
The crash remains under investigation.
The prosecutor's office issued the following release Tuesday morning:
St. Joseph County -St. Joseph County's Fatal Alcohol Crash Team (FACT) continues to investigate after a police chase yesterday evening that resulted in a series of crashes.
The suspect's vehicle continued to drive away after a South Bend police officer attempted to stop the suspect's car at Fellows and Woodside for having a fake license plate. The suspect's vehicle allegedly hit several parked cars before turning north onto Michigan to Indiana. The suspect's car allegedly hit an SUV that was traveling northbound on Michigan. After turning onto Indiana, the suspect turned south onto Dale, then west on Dubail to High Street. While traveling south on High Street, the suspect allegedly ran through two stop signs and allegedly struck an SUV traveling west on Ewing. As the suspect continued south on High Street he allegedly hit three more parked cars and a pedestrian.
Both the suspect and the pedestrian were taken to local hospitals last night. The pedestrian has been identified as Lucky Weah, 40, of South Bend. The suspect's name has not been released as he has not been formally charged. The investigation remains ongoing and our Office anticipates making a charging decision this afternoon or tomorrow morning.
The FACT team is asking anybody who saw the serious injury crash to contact, the Commander of FACT, Capt. Tim Spencer, or Sgt. Scott Parker at (574) 259-2966.
Kelli Stopczynski spoke with several people who witnessed the chase and series of collisions that ended it. She'll have more for you tonight at 5 and 6 on WSBT News and through the day on WSBT.com