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Man charged after fatal car crash

Justin T. Votaw
Justin T. Votaw
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Monday, March 06, 2017 05:07 am

The driver allegedly involved in a fatal three-vehicle crash that resulted in the deaths of two people last month is in custody. Justin T. Votaw, 31, of Fort Wayne, was taken to the Allen County Jail at about 5:30 p.m. Friday on five preliminary charges — two counts of failure to remain at the scene of an accident resulting in death, Level 5 felonies; failure to remain at the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury, a Level 6 felony; and two misdemeanor counts of failure to remain at an accident resulting in bodily injury, according to court documents.

Fort Wayne Police actively searched for Votaw following the Feb. 20 accident that resulted in the deaths of Jonny Tracy, 23, and Alisa Arseneau, 24, who were burned beyond recognition, according to the Allen County Coroner's Office.

Police said Votaw was the alleged driver of a BMW that crashed into two other vehicles in the 1800 block of West Jefferson Boulevard on the bridge near Swinney Park.

Police also said three more victims from the other vehicles were taken to a hospital in “stable” condition.

Votaw, who had been charged in 2013 with two traffic infractions and one misdemeanor count of driving while suspended, was charged in 2012 with speeding and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, which endangered a person. 

Votaw remains in the Allen County Lock-Up on a 72-hour hold. His bail is tentatively set at $31,500.


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