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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, March 05, 2019 1:00 am


Steuben County crash Sunday leaves 4 injured

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Four people were injured in a crash in Steuben County, Indiana State Police said Monday.

Investigators believe that about 12:40 p.m. Sunday, Brandon G. Wooster, 36, of rural Angola, was driving west on County Road 300 North at a high rate of speed when his car crested a hill, ran a stop sign and collided with another car, state police at Fort Wayne said.

The other car, driven by Ashton J. Davis, 25, of Fremont was going north on Ind. 827, police said.

Police said the rear axle of Davis' car was torn off as a result of the crash, and the engine of Wooster's car was thrown more than 200 feet down the road.

Wooster had to be extricated from his car and taken to Parkview Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Because Wooster was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, his injuries were reduced, police said.

Davis, along with her two passengers, Harley M. Cleckner, 24, and Alexander E. Cleckner, 5, both of Fremont, were all wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Police believe their injuries were lessened because of the restraints.

Davis was taken to Parkview Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.

Toxicology tests are pending, police said.

Trine mourns student's death

Trine University is mourning the loss of a student who was killed along with his mother in a crash in Ohio.

Erik Snyder, 19, a sophomore golf management major from London, Ohio, and his mother, Kelly Snyder, were among the victims of a multivehicle collision Friday night, according to the Bellefontaine (Ohio) Examiner.

Erik Snyder was a member of Tee It Up Trine, the university's golf management organization.

“We offer our deepest condolences to Erik's family, friends and loved ones,” said Earl D. Brooks, Trine University president. “This is a tragic loss, and we ask everyone to keep the family in particular in their thoughts and prayers.”

Parked car hit by SUV on Columbia

One person was in serious condition Monday after a crash at Columbia Avenue and Tecumseh Street just east of downtown Fort Wayne. 

About 1:50 p.m., city police responded to a reported crash with injuries. One of the vehicles, a car parked on Columbia Avenue, was struck by an SUV traveling east on Columbia.

According to police, witnesses said they observed the SUV drift over and strike the rear of the parked car. 

The crash remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department.

Large dog rescued from frozen pond

Huntertown firefighters rescued a large dog from a frozen pond early Monday, Huntertown Fire Department officials said.

Shortly before 7 a.m., a man out walking his own dog reported finding another dog had fallen through the ice of a pond near Carroll Road.

Firefighters responded in minutes and were able to rescue the dog, estimated at 130 to 160 pounds, within two to three minutes, Nate Messmann, a captain with the Huntertown Fire Department said. He described the response as a routine water rescue.

The dog was returned home safely after being removed from the water.

“That's the way we treat all of those emergencies. We risk a lot to save a lot,” Messmann said. “We were able to safely rescue the dog in an efficient way, without putting ourselves at risk.”