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Fatal wrecks dot weekend in 3 area counties

It was a deadly few days on area roads, with law enforcement and emergency responders dealing with fatal crashes in three northeast Indiana counties.

And the Allen County Coroner’s Office released more details Monday about the death of a man found injured on a Fort Wayne street early last week, a death that police attributed at the time to a likely hit-and-run driver.

According to the coroner’s office, 46-year-old Conrad Symonds died from blunt-force trauma.

However, the manner of death has not been determined.

Symonds was taken to the hospital in critical condition early July 14, after he was found unconscious and unresponsive in the middle of the intersection of Goodfellow and Shannon drives.

Fort Wayne police attributed his injuries to an apparent hit-and-run crash.

He died Friday at Parkview Hospital, and his death remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Allen County Coroner’s Office.

Two-vehicle crash kills 1 in Kosciusko

On Sunday afternoon in North Webster, an off-duty Kosciusko County Sheriff’s deputy called dispatch to report a two-vehicle crash near the intersection of Esterbrook Drive and Indiana 13.

According to a statement from the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, a pickup truck driven by Matthew Wagoner, 29, of Syracuse, crossed the centerline and struck a southbound Mazda minivan, killing its driver, Jeremy Valentine, 39, of Pennsylvania.

Valentine was killed on impact.

The diesel fuel tank on Wagoner’s vehicle caught fire and a number of area fire departments responded, according to the release.

Passengers in the minivan included family members Seana Valentine, 38; Molly Valentine, 9; and Luke Valentine, 7. All were transported to a Fort Wayne hospital, with Seana Valentine in very critical condition, according to the statement.

Two children in Wagoner’s pickup truck – Tyson Wagoner, 2, and Matthew C. Wagoner, 5 – suffered injuries as well, with Matthew C. Wagoner being in critical condition.

Seana Valentine remains in critical condition at Parkview Regional Medical Center.

Molly and Luke Valentine are in fair condition, also at Parkview Regional Medical Center.

All of the Wagoners are also at Parkview Regional Medical Center in fair condition.

Both Parkview Samaritan and Lutheran Air helicopters were deployed because of the number of victims involved in the crash, according to the statement.

The crash is under investigation by the Kosciusko County Fatal Alcohol Crash Team and the North Webster Police Department, and they were assisted by the Syracuse Police Department, North Webster/Tippecanoe Township Fire Department, Leesburg Fire Department, Syracuse/Turkey Creek Fire Department, Multi-township Emergency Medical Service, the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department and Emergency Management.

Toll Road fatality

In Steuben County, a 37-year-old Cleveland woman was killed when the vehicle she was riding in rear-ended a slow-moving dump truck on the Indiana Toll Road about 10:40 p.m. Sunday, according to a release from the Indiana State Police.

A passenger in a Ford F-350 pickup truck driven by 38-year-old Ramon D. Griffin, also of Cleveland, Toyia Hill-Griffin suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ramon Griffin suffered numerous injuries and was transported to Parkview Hospital by Samaritan helicopter.

According to the state police, all the people in the vehicles were wearing their seat belts, but the severity of the crash meant their use could not have reduced the injury to Hill-Griffin.

Griffin remains at Parkview Regional Medical Center in fair condition.

The crash is being investigated by the Indiana State Police, with assistance from the Steuben County Sheriff Department, Steuben County EMS, Steuben County Coroner’s Office, Fremont Fire Department and the Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division.