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A Ligonier man suffered several injuries when he fell or jumped from a moving vehicle near Rome City Thursday.

Steven M. Smith, 23, was the passenger in a car traveling westbound on CR 850N, near SR 9, when the incident happened at about 10:20 p.m. The vehicle was traveling at about 35 mph when he opened the door and fell out, according to the Noble County Sheriff's Department.

In addition to extensive abrasions, Smith reportedly suffered facial injuries, broken ribs, and a punctured lung. After being treated at Parkview Noble Hospital, he was airlifted to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne for further treatment, and listed in fair condition the next morning.

Alcohol was reported a factor in the incident; the driving, Melissa Yoder of Ligonier, had not been drinking.

No one could say why Smith opened the door. After he fell, Yoder and a female passenger reportedly loaded Smith back into the car and drove to their Ligonier home, calling for help from there.

No charges will be filed in the incident, according to police.

Speed too fast for foggy conditions led an Albion woman's car into the side of a house north of Churubusco Thursday morning, according to the Noble County Sheriff's Department.

Linda M. Stauffer, 40, ws treated for chest pain after crashing along the Noble-Whitley County line, at Whitley CR 900E, at about 7:29 a.m. Stauffer was reportedly northbound when, due to her speed and the extremely foggy conditions, she didn't see a stop sign in time to stop and continued through a "T" intersection.

The 1991 Ford Stauffer was driving reportedly hit an embankment, became airborne, jumped a large landscaping rock, and struck a tree before landing. The vehicle then continued through the yard and rammed the residence of David B. Brady before coming to rest.

No one inside the home was injured, but Stauffer was taken by ambulance to Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville for treatment. The Ford, owned by Jason M. Morris of Albion, and the house sustained a total estimated damage of $5,000 - $10,000.

Units responded to the crash from the Churubusco Fire and Police Departments, Noble County Sheriff's Department, and Whitley County EMS.


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 14th, 2007 06:48 am (UTC)
something about speeding and deer:

You Know You're a Redneck When.... You think fast food is hitting a deer at 65 mph.

That's all. *g*
May. 15th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
Our officers actually carry road kill permits with them -- if the deer can be salvaged and they're sure it's not a case of poaching, they'll hand the carcass over to someone on the permit list, or a passerby, or even the guy who hit it. It's the perfect revenge -- eat the animal that destroyed your car.
May. 14th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
omg, and times like this, I'm glad I escaped to the city, lmao.
May. 15th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
Heh -- a lot more of that kind of stuff goes on in the *really* big cities -- bigger than Merriam, I mean. :-) It's just that the media's so busy with the murders that they don't get around to the funny stupid people.
May. 15th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
very very true... lol.
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