Warsaw driver faces felony charges after Sunday crash that injured child

(mugshot supplied / Kosciusko County Jail)

A Warsaw man who was charged for driving while suspended in April is now facing felony charges for leaving the scene of an accident that caused serious bodily injury to his 3-year-old daughter.

24-year-old Kapen L. Eherenman was charged April 16 with a Class A misdemeanor for driving while suspended and is set to appear for an initial hearing in that matter at 1 p.m. today in Kosciusko County Superior Court II. 

According to a Warsaw Police Department report, about 7:08 p.m. Sunday, WPD officers responded to a report of a vehicle crashed into the guardrail on North Sunset Drive. Eherenman was later found at a location not listed in the report.

Eherenman told police he was driving northbound in the 2300 block of N. Sunset Drive, he went around the curve, “and his phone went off.” He told police “when he looked back up” the vehicle had left the road to the right and hit the end portion of a bridge guardrail. The airbag of the vehicle deployed in the crash.

Eherenman also had no car insurance and an estimated $1,000 to $2,500 of damage to the city’s guardrail was listed.

The child in the vehicle at the time of the crash suffered head injuries and minor bleeding that required immediate attention and was taken by ambulance to the Fort Wayne Lutheran Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, according to the police report.  Eherenman complained of chest  pain and was medically cleared at Kosciusko Community Hospital before being booked at 10:27 p.m. Sunday into the Kosciusko County Jail. Eherenman’s bond was set at $500, and he was not listed as an inmate as of Wednesday afternoon.

No further information is available at this time.