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Mishawaka Woman Injured in PWC vs. Pedestrian Crash
Michigan City, IN – Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a Personal Water Craft vs. Pedestrian that occurred at the Michigan City Beach in Washington Park.
At approximately 1:14 PM, Indiana Conservation Officers were notified of a serious boat accident with injury at Washington Park Beach.
The investigation revealed an Illinois man was operating the Personal Watercraft (PWC) with his five year old son onboard when he stopped to assist another PWC operator with a mechanical issues.
The five year old was instructed to stand next to their PWC while his father walked to shore to retrieve an item to assist the other operator.
While waiting for his father, the five year old boy climbed aboard the PWC, pushed the ignition button, causing the PWC to slowly more forward.
The child became scared, grabbed onto the handle bars, while also gripping the throttle at the same time.
The PWC turned toward shore with the child onboard and accelerated rapidly striking, Cherletta Chipps, 60, of Mishawka, as she sat in a lawn chair approximately 30 feet from the water’s edge.
As a result of the collision, Chipps received a serious injury to her right foot and was transported by ambulance to Franciscan Health Hospital in Michigan City.
The incident remains under investigation at this time.
Indiana Conservation Officers were assisted by the Michigan City Police Department and Michigan City Fire & EMS.
Press release from Indiana DNR Law Enforcement.