‘Medical event’ precipitated New Haven crash

Crews work on the utility pole the day after the fatal crash.

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) – The man who was taken from the scene of a crash and declared dead Wednesday night did not die from injuries sustained in the accident, according to the Allen County Coroner.

The coroner ruled that 55-year-old Roger Dean Hasley died of natural causes, stating that the Fort Wayne man suffered a medical event before crashing his car in New Haven Wednesday night.

When first responders got to the scene in the 2800 block of Adams Center Road around 5:30 p.m.,  they found a car in a cornfield and a utility pole broken in half. Bystanders were performing CPR on the man inside the vehicle. Medics took him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Witnesses said the vehicle was headed south on Adams Center Road when it crossed the center line, hit the utility pole, and went into the field.

Adams Center Road was closed between SR 930 East and Moeller Road much of the evening while I&M crews repaired the pole. I&M crews have completed their repairs and Frontier crews expected to be done with their repairs at about 5 p.m. on Thursday.


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