Two Vehicle Crash Kills One
Wabash County-A two vehicle crash Saturday, October 27th, 2012, at the intersection of County Road 600 W and Division Road (this is south of Roann) caused two people to be air-lifted from the scene and later one dying.
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Daniel Prus determined the crash occurred at approximately 2:05 p.m., when a 1996 Chevrolet Lumina, driven by Emilio E. Santana, 26 of Macy, Indiana, was south bound on CR 600 W and failed to stop at the posted stop sign at the intersection of CR 600 W and Division Road. After disregarding the stop sign the Lumina entered the intersection and struck an east bound 1999 Jeep Cherokee, driven by Cara L. McCollister, 35 of Roann, IN who had the right of way on Division Rd. (there is no stop sign for traffic going east or west on Division Rd.).
The Jeep was hit on the driver’s side, causing it to go off the road, hit a utility pole snapping it in half; it then went air-borne and rolled, where it came to rest in a field southeast of the intersection on its top. The Lumina came to rest off the road on the southeast corner of the intersection.
McCollister and her fifteen year-old son were trapped inside the Jeep and had to be extricated. They were both air-lifted from the scene and taken to Parkview Regional Hospital in Fort Wayne. Cara McCollister was pronounced dead at the hospital from her injuries. Her son sustained internal injuries.
Santana was not injured but his wife Laura Esquiel, 28 was taken to Wabash County Hospital for complaint of pain and later released.
SANTANA has been charged with Reckless Homicide a Class D Felony additional charges maybe pending.