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UPDATED: Two killed in Friday afternoon Steuben County crash

STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (WOWO) – One person died at the scene of a Friday afternoon crash in Steuben County.

Steuben County Sherriff’s deputies responded to the area of SR 120 near CR 850 W shortly before 4 p.m. on reports of a two-vehicle crash with injuries.

Initial reports show that a 2007 Nissan Titan pickup truck driven by a 50-year-old Howe man was going westbound on SR 120 from CR 850 W when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck a 2012 Volkswagen passenger car nearly head on.

A female front seat passenger in the Volkswagen was pronounced dead at the scene. A male driver and two children were taken to a local hospital.

The driver of the Nissan suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.

August 8 UPDATE: The driver of the 2012 Volkswagon has been identified as Lonnie Lee Bright, 43, from rural Fremont. He remains in the hospital.

The front seat passenger, who was deceased at the scene was identified as Breanna Jeanne Bright, 33, of rural Fremont.

A five-year-old back seat passenger remains in the hospital in critical condition.

A three-month-old back seat passenger has been released from the hospital.

August 10 UPDATE: On August 10, the Steuben County’s Sheriff’s Office was notified that Lonnie Lee Bright died from his injuries on August 8.

The five-year-old child remains in critical condition.

Neither drugs or alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash.


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1 comment

Heath Perrine August 10, 2022 at 6:11 pm


I am reaching out to see if you would be able to help by sharing our gofundme on your website for our family.

Please see below for the link (Breanna & Lonnie Bright):

I would be forever grateful.

Thank you,
Heath Perrine


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