New details on a deadly accident that took the life of a 24-year-old Mishawaka woman early Sunday morning. St. Joseph County's Fatal Alcohol Crash Team or F.A.C.T. has not released her name, but multiple family members of the victim have confirmed tonight that the woman who died is Amanda Ezra, a mother of three.
On Sunday night, a makeshift memorial sprung up outside her home, where people left momentos and remembrances.
It all happened at around 4:40 Sunday morning on Father's Day. Police described the situation as a combination of suspected drunk driving and a set of freak circumstances that made for deadly results.
Amanda Ezra's Facebook page now features messages of grief. According to family, she was trying to get her life back on track. The mother of three recently enrolled at Ivy Tech and wanted to be a teacher.
But early Sunday morning, in the 300 block of Chestnut Street in Osceola, her future came to an end as she was riding in a minivan with four other people. According to a F.A.C.T. investigator, the victim was on the lap of a front seat passenger with her head out the window vomiting. Her head hit something outside the van, resulting in her death.
"You've got a 24-year-old child, you've raised to be a young adult and has their whole life ahead of them and it's snuffed out because of a decision that was made and because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time," said Michelle Lyman, who lives near the crash site. "It's tragic."
According to Tim Spencer with F.A.C.T., the victim had been drinking earlier before she died
"It's just a shame of the amount of people that are getting killed in drunk driving accidents, it's just something that shouldn't be done," Mike Lyman said.
The Lymans spent some time Sunday afternoon, cleaning up glass, which Michelle says was leftover from the accident.
"And now they're gone and now all that's left is broken glass in the grass," she said. "It's awfully sad, it's shocking."
Spencer says the driver of the van Ezra was riding in has been arrested for OWI causing serious bodily injury and leaving the scene. He says the driver and one of the passengers ran away, but police caught them. The driver of the van is from Mishawaka. He's in his 20s. Police expect to release his name Monday.
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