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The Journal Gazette

Monday, March 28, 2016 3:59 am

Weekend crashes kill two

Journal Gazette

Two people, including a 6-year-old boy died, and several others were injured in area crashes over the weekend. 

In Huntington County, a 6-year-old North Manchester boy died Saturday after the minivan he was riding in crashed into a pickup truck pulling farm implements, police said.

At 3:52 p.m., two pickup trucks pulling old farm implements were westbound on Indiana 114 near County Road 200 East in Jackson Township. A van going east on Indiana 114 crashed into the first pickup truck, sending the van into the second pickup truck and then into the trailer being pulled by the second pickup, the Huntington County sheriff said.

The van then left the road and went down an embankment, coming to a stop.

Six-year-old Kayden Brubaker was found unresponsive inside the van and was declared dead at the scene as a result of blunt-force trauma to his head. Police said he was wearing a seat belt in the back seat of the van.

The driver of the van, Brandon D. Mettler, 31, and passengers Kaytlin E. Brubaker, 25, Kyler Brubaker, 6, and Konner Brubaker, 3, all of North Manchester, were all taken to Lutheran Hospital with various injuries. Kayt­lin and Kyler Brubaker were treated and released, police said.

In Allen County, two adults were critically injured and two children were in serious condition after a two-vehicle crash Sunday.

The Allen County Sheriff’s Department was called at 12:12 p.m. to the Interstate 69 exit ramp at Lower Huntington Road.

A Honda Civic going north on I-69 exited the highway and failed to yield at the bottom of the ramp and Lower Huntington Road. A Toyota 4-Runner was eastbound on Lower Huntington when it struck the Civic, police said.

Two adults in the Honda Civic were taken to a hospital in critical condition. Two children in that vehicle, ages 8 and 2, were taken to a hospital in serious condition.

The driver of the Toyota suffered minor injuries and was not taken to a hospital, police said.

Also in Allen County, a man died after being thrown from a 2003 Jeep Wrangler that rolled multiple times just after 4 a.m. Saturday in the 2800 block of North Webster Road, police said.

The Allen County Sheriff’s Department said speed was a contributing factor when the vehicle left the west side of Webster Road just south of Slusher Road. The driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, was not identified by police.

In Kosciusko County, a 7-year-old boy was in critical condition Sunday after being struck by a van in a mobile home park near Warsaw, police said.

The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department was called at 1:20 p.m. to 761 South Warbler Lane. 

Police said Tammy Honeycutt, 44, who lives at the home with the child and his mother, had gotten into her 2002 Dodge van to leave the mobile home park. Honeycutt thought the 7-year-old boy was still inside the home in a back bedroom when she proceeded to drive the van forward and struck him, police said.

The boy was taken in critical condition by ambulance with police escort to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Police did not release the name of the child.