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Driver in fatal crash allegedly smoked pot

– A Fort Wayne man is accused of having marijuana in his system when he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed his car in August, killing his passenger.

Nikolas A. Williams, 22, of the 3300 block of New Haven Avenue, was charged Thursday with felony operating a vehicle with a controlled substance or remnants of a controlled substance in the blood causing death.

A blood draw that night tested positive for THC, the active chemical in marijuana, according to a probable cause affidavit filed Thursday.

The crash occurred late on Aug. 13 when Williams and 20-year-old Kayla Yelton were headed west on Dawkins Road in Allen County as they returned from Cedar Point in Ohio.

Williams fell asleep and went off the road. The car hit an embankment at a private driveway and went airborne, according to police reports.

While about 15 feet off the ground, the car hit two trees and came to rest on its side between the trees, police said.

Yelton suffered severe neck injuries and died at the scene. Williams was not injured in the crash.

He was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

cmeyers@jg.net

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