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Student, 20, dies in crash

B. Peters

Brooke Peters’ family will remember her as someone who put others before herself.

The 20-year-old Steuben County resident died Monday in a crash near U.S. 6 and DeKalb County Road 24, just west of Waterloo, DeKalb County police said.

Peters was driving a Buick Park Avenue just before 5 p.m. Monday when she stopped on U.S. 6 and was waiting to turn north onto County Road 24, deputies said.

Her car was rear-ended by a Honda Accord driven by Tony Baker, 43, of Waterloo. Baker’s car pushed Peters’ car into oncoming traffic, where her car was struck by a dump truck on the driver’s side, deputies said.

Neither Baker nor the driver of the dump truck, Jack Souder, 52, of Bluffton, was injured.

Peters, who lived by Hamilton Lake, was born with a rare genetic disorder called neurofibromatosis that required her to have 19 surgeries, according to her mother, Tonya Peters.

“She never complained,” her mother said. “She never felt sorry for herself.”

The disorder left her with a limp – but that inspired Peters to help others. She was studying exercise science at Marquette University and wanted to become a physical therapist, said her brother, Logan Peters, 18.

“She was probably the most giving person you’ve ever met,” he said. “She always cared for other people more than she cared for herself.”

Brooke Peters, a 2008 graduate of Hamilton High School, was a National Honor Society member and played on the school’s volleyball team.

She worked several summers at Fun Spot Amusement Park & Zoo in Angola, her mother said.

“She touched a lot of people’s hearts,” her mother said.

No charges have been filed against the drivers involved in the crash, police said.