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Man killed in wreck in southern Allen County

23rd traffic death of the year in county

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 11:23 am

A Fort Wayne man was killed about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in a single-vehicle crash on Hamilton Road near Thiele Road in southern Allen County.

Scott A. Saalfrank, 44, was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck, according to the Allen County Coroner’s Office. An autopsy confirmed that he died of blunt-force trauma, and his death was accidental, the coroner’s office reported Wednesday.

Saalfrank was driving north on Thiele, turned west onto Hamilton and lost control of his Jeep, the Allen County Sheriff’s Department reported. The driver was thrown from the vehicle, and it rolled over on him. A passenger in the same Jeep was in good condition after the crash and was taken to a local hospital, according to the Allen County Sheriff’s Department.

Investigators have not determined what caused the crash after the turn from Thiele Road, which is paved, to Hamilton, which is gravel.

Saalfrank is the 23rd traffic fatality of 2013 in Allen County, including Fort Wayne.