Fort Wayne man killed in Paulding County crash

Troopers say a 38-year-old Fort Wayne man, who was a passenger in the car, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Posted: Aug 25, 2019 8:00 PM
Updated: Aug 26, 2019 10:56 AM

PAULDING, Ohio (WFFT) -- A Fort Wayne man is dead after troopers say a Corvette drove off the road in Paulding County Sunday.

The crash happened about 12:35 p.m. on State Route 500, east of County Road 87. 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says 29-year-old Brandon Smith of Paulding was driving a 1998 Corvette west on SR 500 at a high rate of speed. 

Troopers say Smith failed to negotiate a curve and the car went off the right side of the road, overturning several times before coming to rest in a field. 

Troopers say a front-seat passenger, 38-year-old Aaron Crutchfield of Fort Wayne, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Smith was taken by ambulance to Paulding County Hospital and later airlifted to Parkview. 

Troopers say alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation. 

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