FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The woman killed when the car she was riding in Wednesday afternoon has been identified.
Nancy Downs, 75, was a passenger in a vehicle that turned into oncoming traffic at the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Glendale Drive. The Allen County Coroner’s Office said Downs died of blunt force trauma due to a motor vehicle crash and ruled her death the county’s 19th traffic fatality of the year.
Police were called around 5 p.m. to the intersection on a report of a two-vehicle crash there. When they arrived on scene, they found both vehicles heavily damaged.
In one vehicle, two people had to be pulled out by fire personnel. The front seat passenger – Downs – was unresponsive. She was taken to a hospital where she later died.
The 17-year-old driver of the other vehicle wasn’t hurt. It’s unclear if the other driver was hurt.
Witnesses told investigators the vehicle with the passenger attempted to make a left hand turn onto North Glendale from Jefferson, turning directly into the path of the other vehicle.
Investigators don’t believe impairment is a factor in the crash. They are continuing to investigate.