FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – An 89-year-old Waynedale woman died from injuries she sustained during the derecho Monday, according to the Allen County Coroner.
Janet M. Howell was inside her home in the 5400 block of Mason Drive when a window blew into the room where she was staying sometime during the overnight hours of Monday night and Tuesday morning. She received a severe laceration due to the shattered glass from the storm, the coroner said in a media release. She died from exsanguination due to sharp forced injuries caused by shattered glass.
Winds reached upwards of 98 miles-per-hour during the storm.
“Glass was everywhere,” Beth Howell, Janet Howell’s daughter, said.
Beth Howell told WANE 15 an ambulance was delayed getting to the home due to all the damage to nearby roads.
“I felt so helpless. I just didn’t know what to do to help her,” she said.
Emergency crews did reach Janet Howell and took her to an operating room, but she died as a result of her injuries.
The coroner ruled her death and accident and the only reported storm death in the county.
The Waynedale area might have been the hardest hit in the city when it came to damage during the storm.
Mason Drive connects to Sandpoint Road, which saw extensive damage. Sandpoint Road was limited to one lane near Mason Drive on Thursday as power crews continued the restoration process.