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Coroner identifies girl killed in wreck after Saturday morning shooting

Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 4:33 pm

The Allen County Coroner’s Office has released the identity of a teenager killed in a traffic crash early Saturday morning.

Fort Wayne Police allege that Haley M. Nellum,17, of Fort Wayne was killed shortly after midnight when a man speeding south on Hobson Road, away from a shooting, ran a red light at Stellhorn Road and crashed into her vehicle.

After an autopsy, the coroner’s office ruled Nellum’s death an accident and said that she died of multiple blunt force traumas.

Jeremy D. Washington, 35, is charged with operating while intoxicated causing death, aggravated battery and criminal recklessness causing serious bodily injury.

Fort Wayne Police said this on Saturday concerning the series of events that included Nellum’s dying in a crash at an intersection:

*At around 12:01 a.m., officers were dispatched to the Corner Pocket Pub, 3215 St. Joe Center Road, in reference to a subject firing a weapon. Witnesses reported hearing gunshots and saw two vehicles leave the parking lot and go southbound at a high rate of speed.

*At 12:04 a.m., officers responded to the intersection of Stellhorn and Hobson roads in reference to a vehicle crash with injuries. Officers found two vehicles south of the intersection on Hobson. The driver of the vehicle that caused the crash, identified by police as Washington, was traveling southbound on Hobson. He was able to get out of the vehicle. However, his passenger was trapped in the vehicle and required help from the Fort Wayne Fire Department to get out.

Paramedics took the driver to a local hospital in fair condition and his passenger to a local hospital in serious condition. The driver of the vehicle that was traveling eastbound on Stellhorn was Nellum; she was unconscious and unresponsive when officers arrived. Paramedics and fire personnel pronounced her dead at the scene.

*At around 12:19 a.m., a shooting victim arrived at the Parkview Hospital emergency room at 2200 Randallia Drive. Officers saw the vehicle that the victim was brought to the hospital in had at least one bullet hole on its exterior. The shooting victim was taken by paramedics to another local hospital in serious condition. The victim told detectives he was in the parking lot of the Corner Pocket Pub when he was shot.

Detectives believe one of the occupants in the vehicle involved in the crash fired gunshots in the parking lot that struck the shooting victim, according to Anthony. The vehicle then fled the parking lot southbound at a high rate of speed. Witnesses reported the vehicle disregarded the red stoplight at the intersection of Stellhorn and Hobson and struck the vehicle that was traveling eastbound on Stellhorn. Alcohol was a factor in this fatal vehicle crash, according to Anthony.

This incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County prosecutor’s office, and the Allen County coroner’s office.