Alcohol likely factor in fatal crash near downtown

One person was killed in a crash on E. Washington Blvd. and Harmar Street on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  Police are investigating a crash Tuesday night that left one person dead. Alcohol is believed to be a factor.

It happened around 7:15 p.m. at East Washington Boulevard and Harmar Street just east of downtown.

Police said a car was speeding and slammed into the back of a pickup truck, pushing it into a utility box. The driver of the pickup died at the scene.

He was identified as Cornelius Key, Jr., 69, of Fort Wayne. An autopsy showed Key died of multiple blunt force injuries due to a motor vehicle crash, the Allen County Coroner’s Office said.

Fort Wayne Police have identified the driver responsible for the crash as Donald Stump, 24, of Fort Wayne. He was last reported to be hospitalized in serious condition. Charges are pending, according to a news release.

Power was knocked out in the immediate area for several hours.

East Washington between Harmar and Comparet Street was closed while police cleaned up and investigated.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.