Man Killed in Pokagon Township

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an accident that killed an Elkhart man. The Sheriff’s Office received a call of a subject on the roadway on M51 near Pokagon Highway in Pokagon Township last night. A few minutes later they received another call that a person had been hit by a car. Deputies responded and found that 53 year old Howard Payton, had been fatally struck by a vehicle. The driver, who’s name is not being released at this time due to the fact that she is a minor, was traveling on M51 when this collision happened. She was treated and released by the ambulance on scene. She was wearing her seat belt. At this time, it is unknown if drugs or alcohol may have been a factor. This case remains under investigation.