Teenager hospitalized after being hit by SUV

DeKalb County Sheriff

DeKalb County Sheriff

St. Joe, Ind. (ADAMS) – A 19-year-old St. Joe woman is recovering after she was struck by an SUV along a DeKalb County roadway Tuesday morning.

Deputy Larry Elzey reported finding her just before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at 7662 S.R. 8 in St. Joe, lying in the grass on the north side of the roadway, and a dark-colored 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer stopped nearby.

The DeKalb Sheriff’s Office says 61-year-old Earl L. Vanscoder of St. Joe told police he was driving along S.R. 8 when he saw the woman standing at the end of the driveway. Vanscoder said the woman ran in front of his vehicle.

Vanscoder said he tried to brake and not hit her but still did.  She was thrown on the north side of the roadway after impact. The woman then crawled off the road and into the grass, the report said.

The woman, identified in the report as 19-year-old Laurel Stombaugh of St. Joe, was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital with injuries to her head, arm, wrist and hip.  Her current condition is unknown.

According to the report, Vanscoder’s SUV sustained an estimated $3,000 in damage.