UPDATE: Vehicle description released in Elkhart hit-and-run that killed 3

WSBT 22 

Police have released a vehicle description in a hit-and-run Saturday night in Elkhart, in which a driver plowed into a group of five people on a sidewalk. Three people have died, including an 8-month-old baby girl.

Police say the suspect vehicle is a light-color Cadillac with front and driver-side damage. There is no description of the suspect.

This happened around 9 p.m. on Saturday. Police were called to East Beardsley Avenue and Cassopolis Street in Elkhart.

Police say when they arrived they found five victims on the road and sidewalk.

According to a news release from the Elkhart Police Department:

Police and fire arrived to find several victims in the roadway and on the sidewalk. At this time it appears the suspect vehicle was traveling east on Beardsley Avenue when it left the south side of the road striking 5 subjects then the suspect vehicle re-entered the roadway and struck two vehicles before fleeing the scene.

Family members of the victims say they were on their way to a nearby Kroger to buy ice cream when they were hit.

Neighbor Mary Liechty Adams says she takes that same walk often and could hear the accident.

"Just a big thump, thump. That I thought my friend had dropped a bunch of books upstairs," says Adams.

The coroner's office confirms Courtney Smith, 11, of Elkhart died at the scene, 22-year-old Shawn Wolcott of Elkhart died Saturday night at Memorial Hospital and 8-month-old Dolly Smith died Sunday afternoon at a children's hospital in Chicago.

Bradley Smith, 22, of Elkhart and 22-year-old Allison Mikel of Elkhart were taken to hospitals with serious injuries.

Police are now asking for the community's help in identifying whoever is responsible for this horrific act.

Adams says she hopes the driver does the right thing.

"Please go and turn yourself in. I know it's going to be really hard, and it's going to be harsh. But what's going to go on in your mind and your heart from now until you die is going to be worse," says Adams

Autopsies will be conducted as soon as possible.

If you have any information, call the Elkhart Police Department at 574-295-7070.

Statement from Elkhart's mayor

Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese issued the following statement Sunday:

“In the aftermath of Saturday evening’s hit-and-run, there are many people in our community who are struggling to make sense of this senseless act. My thoughts remain with the victims, their families and the public safety personnel who arrived on-scene.

“I appeal to the public today in search of any details that may lead us closer to identifying those responsible. If you saw something last night or see a vehicle with significant front-end damage, please contact the Elkhart Police Department. Your tip could be the one that helps deliver justice for our five friends and neighbors.”

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