Two Fort Wayne teens injured, one seriously, in off-road vehicle crash near Warsaw

Two Fort Wayne teens were injured, one seriously, in a off-road vehicle (ORV) accident Friday near the town of Palestine, about 6 miles southwest of Warsaw, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources reported.

The accident was reported about 7 p.m. Friday near the 6000 block of West Schilling Road, a DNR news release said.

One male youth, 15, was driving the ORV on private property with a second male youth, 16, riding as a passenger beside him, the news release said. The driver reportedly lost control of the ORV near a private pond embankment and the ORV rolled over and went into the pond.

Both teens were ejected from the ORV into the pond, the news release said.

The property owner, Cary Groninger, 50, Mentone, called 911 after his son told him about the accident.

The youth driving the ORV swam to safety and appeared to suffer minor injuries, the news release said. The passenger reportedly remain submerged in the pond.

Groninger went into the pond to search the area near where the ORV was submerged and was able to pull the passenger to shore and out of the pond, the news release said. Medics on the scene administered lifesaving aid to the youth.

Both crash victims were taken to Kosciusko Community Hospital for treatment, and the passenger later was flown by air ambulance to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, the news release said.

Neither victim was wearing a helmet, although they appeared to have been using safety harnesses, the news release said.

DNR investigators didn’t identify the victims. DNR Conservation Officers investigating the accident were assisted by the Kosciusko County Sheriff Department, Burket Fire Department, Lutheran EMS and Mentone EMS.