FWPD: Alcohol, speed likely factors in fatal crash

Fort Wayne Police and Fire Department respond to a two-vehicle crash early Saturday morning.

FORT WAYNE (IND.) – One woman is dead after a two-vehicle crash early Saturday morning.

Officers with the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the crash at Pontiac and Clinton streets just before 3:30 a.m. When they got there, they found a woman trapped under an SUV.

Investigators said the woman was driving the SUV east on Pontiac when a man driving a pickup truck south on Clinton crashed into her.

She was ejected from her vehicle and ended up trapped underneath it, according to police. Emergency crews tried to help her, but she died there a short time later.

The woman was identified by the Allen County Coroner’s Office as Chelsie A. Montgomery, 29, of Fort Wayne. She died of Blunt Force Trauma due to Motor Vehicle Crash, the office said.

It’s not clear if Montgomery was wearing a seatbelt.

The man driving the truck suffered minor injuries, but police said he will be fine.

Investigators said they believe alcohol and speed were factors in the crash for the man driving the truck, but it’s not clear which vehicle ran the red light at this time. Police were working to gather video from the area to try and determine that information.

Charges are pending based on the man’s official blood alcohol level test results. Police said they took him in for questioning, and he is cooperating with investigators.

The intersection of Pontiac and Clinton was closed in all directions while investigators worked the scene.

Pontiac was closed at the intersection for a while later in the morning while crews replaced a damaged traffic light pole.