DNR busy with weekend investigations


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Indiana Conservation Officers investigated an ATV crash in an Allen County housing addition Sunday evening.

According to a DNR statement, officers were called to the Eagle River Addition off of State Road north of Fort Wayne around 8 p.m. for a flipped over ATV crash.

Investigators said Cody Vanooyen, age unavailable, was operating a 1999 Honda Recon four-wheeler through an empty lot in the housing addition. Vanooyen was unfamiliar with the lot and drove his four-wheeler at a high rate of speed into a drainage depression, according to the DNR.

Investigators said the four-wheeler flipped end-over-end and landed on top of Vanooyen.

He was taken to the hospital for cuts to his head. An update on his condition was not available Sunday night.

Officers said Vanooyen was not wearing a helmet.


Conservation officers investigated a crash in Wells County Friday involving a man who was thrown from an off-road vehicle.

Investigators said Landon Ford, 21, Bluffton, was operating a four-wheeler along an used railroad bed when he failed to negotiate a right turn. Ford was thrown from the ORV.

He was taken by air ambulance to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne with cuts and several fractures to his hand, face, and hip.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash but investigators found the throttle and front brakes either inoperable or in a state of considerable disrepair which may have been a factor in the crash.

Ford was not wearing a helmet or protective gear, according to the DNR.


On Saturday, DNR officials investigated a crash involving a dirt bike.

Drew Bishop, 18, Waterloo, was operating a dirt bike near his home when he lost control and was thrown from the bike.

Bishop was able to walk home despite suffering from head injuries. He was taken to DeKalb Hospital in Auburn in a person vehicle.

Investigators said alcohol was not a factor in the crash and Bishop was not wearing a helmet or other safety equipment.


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