PENN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Three Indiana residents were hospitalized — one in critical condition — after a hit-and-run crash in Cass County Sunday.
It happened just before 3 p.m. on M-60 Highway near White Temple Road in Penn Township, just outside of the Village of Vandalia, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.
Delbert Raeder, 49, of Elkhart, Ind. was driving east on M-60 when his Jeep was rear-ended by a pickup truck traveling at a high rate of speed, the sheriff’s office said. Raeder’s Jeep was pushed off the road. It crashed in to the front deck of a house and then a tree.
Raeder and his front seat passenger Carla Moore, 49, were both taken by ambulance to a hospital in Three Rivers, where they were listed in stable condition.
Backseat passenger David Raeder, 54, was airlifted to a South Bend, Ind. hospital, where he was listed in critical condition Sunday.
The driver of the pickup truck took off and police are still looking for it. It is described as a newer-model, dark-colored truck. It should have some front-end damage and be leaking fluids. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office tip lie at 1.800.462.9328.
The passengers were not wearing their seat belts, the sheriff’s office said. Authorities believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.