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Steuben crash starts with try to avoid deer

A chain of events that started when a man lost a trailer as he swerved to miss a deer Friday night in Steuben County ended with the death of a LaGrange woman.

Deanna Shroyer, 43, was riding in a car with Daniel Shroyer on Steuben County Road 100 North about 9 p.m. when he swerved suddenly to avoid a woman standing on the road to alert traffic about the trailer ahead, according to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department.

When Daniel Shroyer, 41, swerved near County Road 600 West to miss the woman, identified as Kenetha Duncan, he lost control of his car, which went off the road and rolled several times, police said.

Deanna Shroyer was thrown from the car, although police believe she was wearing her seat belt, and suffered fatal injuries, according to the sheriff’s department.

She died at an Angola hospital.

Daniel Shroyer, who police believe was not wearing a seat belt, had non-life-threatening injuries and was airlifted from the crash to a Fort Wayne hospital. A condition update was not available Saturday afternoon.

Duncan was in the road because the SUV she was riding in lost the utility trailer connected to it when the driver, Edward Duncan, 49, swerved to miss a deer, according to his statements to police. Edward Duncan tried to reattach the trailer at the bottom of a hill, and Kenetha Duncan was at the top of the hill to warn oncoming traffic.

Neither Duncan was injured, police said.