FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A woman who was driving an SUV that was struck by a suspected drunk driver Friday evening in Fort Wayne has died, according to Fort Wayne police.
Police said around 11:35 Friday night, a Fort Wayne Police officer was patrolling for drunk drivers when he came across a white car speeding down Lima Road. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver fled.
The officer then started a pursuit, but terminated it less than 30 seconds later near Progress Road due to excessive speed.
Less than a minute later, police said the officer came across a crash involving the chased vehicle and another car at the corner of Lima and Washington Center Road.
Police believe the car jumped the curb on Washington Center, went airborne and hit a black SUV that was waiting at the light. The woman driving the SUV was found pinned inside the vehicles and taken to a hospital. She later died.
The Allen County Coroner’s Office identified the victim Monday as 33-year-old Rebeca Garcia-Salazar of Fort Wayne. An autopsy found Garcia-Salazar died of multiple blunt force injuries due to a motor vehicle crash and her death was ruled accidental.
The driver of the car, Alexander Delany, 26, was taken into custody. He’s facing preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement in a Vehicle, OWI Causing Catastrophic Injury, and Criminal Recklessness. Police said additional charges may be added.
At this time police believe alcohol and excessive speed are a factor in the crash.