06/28/11 On Friday, June 24, 2011 at approximately 11:45 p.m. the Marshall County Dispatch Center received an emergency call advising of a personal injury accident that occurred at 3rd Road and Nutmeg Road. The caller described the crash as a single vehicle into a tree. The caller then advised there were multiple injuries.
An investigation into the collision revealed that the vehicle had been driven by a fourteen year old female. The investigation also revealed that there were three young passengers riding in the bed of the truck unrestrained. One of the young female passengers (age 10) that was in the bed of the truck was ejected upon impact and was later transported by helicopter to Memorial Hospital in South Bend due to her injuries. All other occupants were transported to Memorial Hospital by ambulance.
The owner of the vehicle Steven A. Hoover 36, of Plymouth was seated in the front seat passenger side at the time of the collision. Through further investigation, it was discovered that Hoover permitted the young female to drive his pick-up truck and further permitted the other three females to ride in the bed of the truck.
There were several injuries sustained from the accident which included neck injuries, fractured bones, head injuries and lacerations.
Steven A, Hoover was arrested after being discharged from Memorial Hospital with minor scrapes and bruises. Hoover is being initially charged with four counts of Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in serious Bodily Injury, a Class –B Felony.
After a probable cause was read on June on June 25th at 2:00pm, a $5,000.00 cash bond was paid on June 25th at 6:35 p.m. and he was released. He has a scheduled court appearance in Marshall County Superior Court #1 on July 26th at 8:30am