2 fleeing suspects dead, 2 others hurt in Kosciusko County crash

Police investigate a crash that killed two people and seriously hurt two others. It happened at U.S. 30 and Parker Street in Warsaw, Saturday, January 13, 2018.

WARSAW, Ind. (WANE) – Two people are dead and two others are in serious condition after two theft suspects caused a crash while running from police in Warsaw.

It happened just before 9:30 Saturday night.

According to Indiana State Police, a trooper saw a vehicle that matched the description of a suspect vehicle from a theft that happened at the Meijer in Warsaw.

The driver of the suspect vehicle, a white 2003 Pontiac Grand Am, has been identified as Jacob Slone, age 19 of Warsaw, IN, and the passenger has been identified as Paige Jefferson, age 16 of Warsaw, IN.

The officer tried to stop the vehicle. That’s when the suspects drove off heading east on U.S. 30.

Police said the suspects ran a red light at the intersection of U.S. 30 and Parker Street and hit three other vehicles.

Injured in the crash was the driver of a silver 2017 GMC, Miguel Linares Jr., age 34 of Bloomfield Hills, MI and his passenger, 35-year-old Nora Linares, also of Bloomfield Hills, MI.  Miguel Linares suffered critical and potentially life-threatening injuries.  Nora Linares suffered injuries believed to be serious but not life-threatening.  Both are still being treated at Parkview Hospital in Ft. Wayne.

Both Slone and Jefferson were pronounced dead at the scene.

No other serious injuries were reported.

U.S. 30 was shut down for several hours while investigators reconstructed the crash scene.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call 1st Sgt. Kevin Smith at the Indiana State Police Fort Wayne post at (260) 432-8661.

The incident is under investigation.