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DEFYING THE ODDS: Crash victim doing well despite being hit while on moped

March 23, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A 25-year-old man is doing well after he and his moped were struck by a van Monday evening.

Brandon Morris of Columbia City was stopped at the intersection of U.S. 30 and W. Lincolnway when he fell victim to a collision in the middle of the crossroads.

The red van, driven by Darlene Menzie, 59, of Pierceton, was turning north onto Lincolnway from the eastbound lane of U.S. 30, when she was t-boned by a Buick Lesabre from the westbound lane of the highway.

The Lesabre was driven by Terence White, 69, of Winona Lake.

According to the crash report by the Columbia City Police Department, Menzie said her light was green and as she was turning, she noticed a vehicle approaching the intersection that had started to slow down.

In a statement by Morris in the police report, he said he watched as both vehicles slid towards him. Morris said he jumped as the van hit him.

He only remembers getting thrown and flipped in the air, said the crash report.

Despite the potential for severe injuries, Morris escaped with only a lower leg injury according to the report.

Menzie and White had minor injuries.

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