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Authorities have identified the woman killed Saturday morning in a head-on collision in southern Allen County.

Melissa A. Aschliman, 44, of Auburn died on Bluffton Road just south of Ferguson Road, the Allen County Coroner’s Office said Monday.

Her death was the 30th traffic death in the county this year, the coroner’s office said.

The crash occurred about 6 a.m. when a Jeep going south on Bluffton Road crossed the centerline and struck a northbound Volkswagen Beetle driven by Aschliman, the Allen County Sheriff’s Department said.

The collision caused the Volkswagen to spin into a ditch and the Jeep to flip over. Both drivers were wearing seat belts, the sheriff’s department said.

The Jeep driver, a man, suffered minor injuries. The sheriff’s department did not release his identity.

Aschliman was on her way to catch a flight to California to visit her boyfriend, her brother Eric Moore told The Journal Gazette.

“She was a caring person,” he said. “She would do about anything for anybody.”

Moore described his sister as outgoing and she enjoyed spending time with her daughter, niece and nephew.

She liked bowling and scrapbooking and was a member of the Three Rivers Gem & Mineral Society in Fort Wayne.

Aschliman graduated from DeKalb High School in 1987 and received an associate’s degree in accounting from Michiana College in Fort Wayne, according to her obituary.

Since 2000, she had handled shipping and receiving for Trin Inc., an auto-parts maker in Ashley, her brother said. She previously worked for the Renaissance Publishing Co. in Auburn, her obituary stated.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Feller & Clark Funeral Home, 1860 S. Center St., Auburn, with visitation two hours prior.