Fort Wayne man’s death after U.S. 30/33 altercation ruled a homicide

Orlando Fernandez of Fort Wayne is seen in 2009 at Parkview Field where he spoke to The News-Sentinel about the ballpark. He died after an altercation with another driver Wednesday on U.S. 30 and his death has been ruled a homicide. (News-Sentinel file photo)

The man accosted by another driver Wednesday afternoon at U.S. 30 near U.S. 33 died as a result of a heart attack and his death has been ruled a homicide by the Allen County Coroner’s Office.

An autopsy showed that Orlando Fernandez, 60, of Fort Wayne, died from a heart attack caused by coronary atherosclerosis heart disease, according to a news release from the coroner’s office. However, it occurred after a confrontation with another driver at around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, so the manner has been ruled a homicide.

Police have said another man got out of his vehicle, approached Fernandez’s vehicle and began hitting Fernandez. The other driver then got back into his vehicle and drove off.

Fernandez was a native of Havana, Cuba, and worked as a sales engineer with Pyrotek, according to his obituary. His services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Fairhaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 6557 N. Clinton St. For more, click here.

Police have not released any information about the other driver. Investigators have asked anyone with any information about the case to call the Fort Wayne Police Department at 260-427-1222 or Greater Fort Wayne Crime Stoppers at 260-436-7867.

Emergency services were dispatched to the scene and medics found Fernandez complaining of chest pain, according to the coroner’s office. He then went into cardiopulmonary arrest and was downgraded from serious to critical condition before being taken to a hospital, where he was declared dead soon after his arrival.

Fernandez’s death is the 30th homicide in Allen County for 2018.

This incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office and the coroner’s office.