UPDATED: Victim identified: 1 dead, another injured in Fort Wayne crash
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with the victim’ and surviving driver’s identities with charges pending.
One man is dead and another is hospitalized and likely to face criminal charges after a two-vehicle crash Tuesday evening.
The Fort Wayne Police Department was called at about 7:15 p.m. along with fire and medics to find a pickup that had sustained major damage and had come to rest on a utility pole. That driver, identified by the Allen County coroner’s office as Cornelius Key Jr., 69, of Fort Wayne, was pinned in his vehicle and determined to be dead at the scene, according to police spokesman Michael Joyner.
The second vehicle involved came to rest in the intersection of East Washington Boulevard and Harmar Street. The driver of that vehicle was taken to a local hospital where he was listed in serious condition.
Police have identified him as Donald Stump, 24, of Fort Wayne.
Based on witness accounts Stump’s passenger vehicle was traveling west on East Washington Boulevard at a high rate of speed and struck the rear of Key’a pickup, which was stopped in traffic just before the intersection, according to Joyner. The impact sent the pickup into the utility pole, pinning Key inside.
Key’s death from multiple blunt-force trauma is the first motor vehicle crash fatality in Fort Wayne in 2018.
At this time crash investigators are pointing to speed and alcohol as contributing factors in the crash.
Charges are pending against Stump, according to Joyner.
Power in the immediate area was knocked out by the crash, affecting the traffic signals and a small number of homes. Traffic was being diverted onto secondary streets to allow for the investigation and eventual repairs of the utilities.
This incident is being investigated by the Fort Wayne Police Department, Allen County prosecutor’s office and the coroner’s office.