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Pond death victim not yet identified

Authorities have not released the identity of a man killed after his van went into a pond early Thursday.

Shortly after midnight, police got a call that a van went into a pond on Lima Road near Hathaway Road, according to the Allen County Sheriff’s Department.

A witness told police a man was driving the van south on Lima Road before losing control and crossing into northbound traffic.

Jeremy Tinkel, spokesman for the sheriff’s department, said police had no information to indicate whether something ran out in front of the van or what would have caused the driver to lose control.

After the van went across oncoming traffic, police said, it left the road and landed about 50 feet out into a pond.

Tinkel said the van was fully submerged, with only about a foot visible at the top.

The Fort Wayne Fire Department’s dive team and the Huntertown Fire Department worked to free the driver from the van.

He was taken to a hospital in critical condition but later died, police said.