The driver in the first cart, 10-year-old Jeneva Miller, was airlifted to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana.The second passenger in the cart, 4-year-old Jared Miller, was airlifted to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Both of them had head injuries, according to police.
Jenna and Jolisa were also passengers in that first cart.
There were two riders in the second cart — 9-year-old Joyce Miller suffered a head injury and was airlifted to Parkview Hospital. Justin Miller, 5, had shoulder pain but declined medical treatment at the scene.
Neighbors in the close-knit community are now coming together to help the family cope with this tragic loss.
"It's really tough when you lose one person. We're all close…" said neighbor Kenny Stutzman.
Their homes may be far apart, but the people living along that part of County Road 24 are very close.
"There are nine families that live along here, and lots of little children," said Stutzman.
Now one family will be relying on the strength of their neighbors.
"Nobody expects something like that, so it brings all the neighbors together," Stutzman said.
The Elkhart Sheriff's Department says they have several accidents involving carts or buggies and cars each year. They are urging people to be aware of their surroundings while investigators try to find out who, if anyone, was at fault.
"Not knowing the exact cause of this crash, it'd be hard to make a determination, but it never hurts for anybody just to pay a little extra attention when they're on the roads," said Capt. Michael Culp with the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff chaplains were on hand to talk with family members. A WSBT reporter at the scene said the driver of the SUV, a 60-year-old Bristol woman, was uninjured but visibly shaken up and apologizing to many of the people who lived nearby. They were consoling her.
The driver was not cited at the scene.
The crash is under investigation by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department.
Wednesday afternoon update
WSBT learned 9-year-old Joyce Miller was discharged. Jeneva Miller, 10, remains in critical condition.
Jared Miller, 4, was transferred to a different hospital Wednesday. His condition — which a hospital official previously told WSBT was upgraded to fair — is now said to be critical, according to an official at the new hospital.
Stay with WSBT on air and online for more updates as they become available.