FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- Family and friends identified the victims of Monday night’s fatal car crash on Jefferson Blvd as 23-year-old Jonny Tracy and 24-year-old Alisa Arseneau.
Thursday morning the Allen County Coroner’s Office confirmed the identities and ruled the cause of death for both Tracy and Arseneau as due to blunt force injuries.
Fort Wayne Police responded to crash just after 11 p.m. in the 1800 block of West Jefferson Blvd on the bridge near Swinney Park. Upon arrival they found a vehicle engulfed in flames. Firefighters put out the fire and found two victims inside the vehicle. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers learned from witnesses that the driver of one of the vehicles involved in the crash ran away from the scene. That person has not yet been located by police.
Friends could not believe it.
“I was absolutely devastated when I found out it was true,” said Hailey Weaver. “I think we all were. I still haven’t really wrapped my head around it.”
Timothy Johnson said he and Arseneau have been friends since early childhood. Arseneau’s mother used to babysit him.
“Alisa was the type to never give up and she would not let any pessimism get to her,” Johnson said remembering their life long friendship. “She was free spirited, always happy. She was the happiest person I had ever known in my life and probably will ever know.”
Those close to Jonny and Alisa said the two were inseparable. Longtime friend of Arseneau’s, Miquela Gephart, said two had been dating for a year and a half. She said they lived together and they worked together and was not surprised to hear the two were together that tragic night.
Gephart said both Arseneau and Tracy grew up in LaGrange. The two only decided to start dating within the last couple of years. She said during the time of their death they both worked at Texas Roadhouse in Fort Wayne.
According to Gephart, Arseneau was the oldest of four siblings while Tracy was the youngest of three. Tracy was in the U.S. Army and loved cars, she said.
Another friend Kaitlyn Williams described Arseneau as a “free spirit who always had room for more animals.” She studied at IPFW for a short time then went on to Ball State where she studied Zoology. Williams said Arseneau’s beauty on the outside was a true reflection of her internal beauty.
The Texas Roadhouse staff is planning a private candlelight vigil to take place next week. The night of Wednesday, March 1, ten percent of all sales will be donated to the victims’ families.