Three dead, one injured in Columbia City crash

One vehicle crashed near the intersection of CR 300 E and E Hartman Road.

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (WANE) – A crash late Friday night on a county road killed three people, according to the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department. The crash happened just after 11 p.m. near the intersection of County Road 300 East and Hartman Road.

The vehicle was traveling north on CR 300 E north of Hartman Road and left the east side of the road for an unknown reason, investigators said. The driver 50 year-old Perry Coffelt, Columbia City, 19-year-old Eric Hoffman, Columbia City, and 19-year-old Savannah Labenz, Churubusco, were pronounced dead at the scene. Another 19-year-old passenger was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital with minor injuries.

The Indiana State Police helped the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department with the investigation.


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