Allen County coroner identifies 2 victims in separate Fort Wayne crashes

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The Allen County coroner has identified the victim of a motorcycle collision that happened Monday and a car crash victim that happened on Tuesday.

Posted: May 29, 2020 3:57 PM
Updated: May 29, 2020 5:11 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — A motorcycle driver who was in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after colliding with a car Monday evening has died at the hospital.

The crash was reported at 7:16 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Spring Street and Rumsey Avenue.

The coroner identified the victim as 27-year-old James K. Markey of Fort Wayne.

The coroner said Markey's cause of death has been determined to be multiple blunt force injuries due to motorcycle versus motor vehicle crash and the manner of death is an accident.

Police say the initial investigation shows the motorcycle was heading east on Spring Street when a car heading the opposite direction failed to yield the right of way and turned into the path of the motorcycle.

When officers arrived they said Markey was found lying in the middle of the intersection and was not wearing a helmet.

Investigators say alcohol appears to be a contributing factor in the crash on the part of the car's driver.

Markey is the 10th traffic fatality for Allen County in 2020.

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The Allen County Coroner’s Office has also identified the man who was killed in a highway crash involving three vehicles Tuesday.

The victim later died at a local hospital as well.

The coroner identified the man as 78-year-old Roger L. McNett, of Fort Wayne.

McNett was the driver of a car  that was involved in a three-vehicle crash near the 306.8-mile marker of Interstate 69, in Fort Wayne on Tuesday.

The coroner said McNett's cause of death has been determined to be multiple blunt force injuries due to motor vehicle crash and the manner of death is an accident.

McNett is the 11th traffic fatality for Fort Wayne and Allen County in 2020.

Both incidents remain under investigation by authorities in Allen County.

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