Driver, 61, dies after 4-vehicle crash

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A Fort Wayne woman critically hurt in a four-vehicle crash early Wednesday on Fort Wayne’s northeast side has died.

Police were called around 7 a.m. to the intersection of Stellhorn and Reed roads on several reports of a multi-vehicle crash there. Officers arrived to find four vehicles crashed.

Inside one of the vehicles, authorities found a female driver with serious injuries. She was taken to a local hospital where doctors downgraded her condition to critical, police said.

Fort Wayne Police said later that the victim had died.

She was identified as 61-year-old Lana J. Schieferstein of Fort Wayne. The Allen County Coroner’s Office said Schieferstein died of blunt force injury due to a motor vehicle crash.

Investigators believe the victim was trying to turn left, northbound, off of Stellhorn Road onto Reed Road when she turned into the path of a westbound SUV. The SUV struck the victim’s vehicle, and two additional vehicles nearby were then struck.

No other injuries were reported.

Roadways were snow covered and slick at the time of the crash, police said.

The crash remains under investigation.

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