The Decatur Daily Democrat

Crash claims life of Hartford City woman

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The Indiana State Police investigat­ed a fatal vehicle crash which claimed the life of a Hartford City woman this evening on State Road 3, approximat­ely 3 miles south of Markle . At approximat­ely 6: 15pm troopers responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on SR3 between CR200S and CR300S. Upon arrival troopers found two passengers vehicles in the roadway, each sustaining heavy front end damage, one of which was overturned with occupants entrapped and injured. Markel Fire/Rescue and Parkview EMS personnel were able to extract both injured drivers from the wreckage, however an adult female passenger sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Huntington County Coroner. Both drivers were transporte­d to a Fort Wayne area hospital with what were believed to be non-life threatenin­g injuries. ISP’s preliminar­y investigat­ion has revealed that a black 2010 Mazda passenger car driven by Timothy J. Poole II, 22, of Muncie, was traveling southbound on SR 3. The second passenger vehicle, a gray 2012 GMC Terrain, driven by Jeffery A. Slusser, 56, of Hartford City, was traveling northbound. For an unknown reason Poole’s vehicle crossed left of center into the northbound lane, colliding nearly head on with Slusser’s vehicle. Both vehicles sustained heavy frontal damage, with Slusser’s vehicle rolling over after impact and landing on its roof in the southbound lane. The deceased adult female passenger was an occupant in Slusser’s vehicle. Her identity is being withheld at this time pending family notificati­ons. The Huntington County Coroner will release her identity tomorrow after those notificati­ons have been completed. Alcohol was not believed to be a factor, and seatbelts appear to have been in use.

This remains an active crash investigat­ion by the Indiana State Police and the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department. There is no further informatio­n to release at this time. Once complete, the investigat­ion will be turned over to the Huntington County Prosecutor for review and determinat­ion if any criminal charges are warranted. Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department, Markle Fire/ Rescue, Parkview EMS, Markle PD, the Huntington County Coroner, and A-Plus Wrecker Service.

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