Police: Driver fell asleep, hit car stopped at light

Photo courtesy: DeKalb County Sheriff's Department
Photo courtesy: DeKalb County Sheriff's Department

DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – Police said a man fell asleep at the wheel and hit a car stopped at a traffic light Saturday afternoon, sending two people to a Fort Wayne hospital.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department said Nola Katinsky, 48, of Fort Wayne was going south on SR 3 just before noon and was stopped at the light at the intersection with SR 205. Bradley Lowery, 22, of Huntertown, was also going south on SR 3 and crashed into the back of Katinsky’s Prius. Police said Lowery told them he had fallen asleep and didn’t know what happened before the crash.

Lowery’s truck hit the back left of the Prius, where Hannah-Rose Katinsky, 12, was sitting in the back driver’s-side seat. The Prius went off the road into a ditch and Lowery’s pickup truck came to a rest in the intersection.

Hannah-Rose Katinsky suffered a skull fracture, leg fracture and neck injury. DeKalb EMS took her to Parkview Regional Medical Center. Her condition was not available. Nola Katinsky was not hurt.

Lowery went to Parkview Regional Medical Center with complaints abdomen pain. He was also cited for driving too fast to avoid a collision.




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