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Police believe US 30 homicide suspect was driving pickup

Fort Wayne, Ind. (WANE) - The death of a man who was beaten by another motorist Wednesday in what may have been a case of road rage has been ruled a homicide and police believe the attacker was driving a pickup truck.  

Fort Wayne Police and medics were called to the area of eastbound US 30 at the US 33 Interchange around 5:30 p.m. 

When they arrived, they found Orlando Fernandez, 60, inside his vehicle complaining of chest pain.  While on the way to a hospital Fernandez died.  

On Thursday the Allen County Coroner's Office ruled that Fernandez died from a heart attack from heart disease and his death was ruled a homicide.  

Authorities have determined that Fernandez and another motorist pulled over on US 30 following some sort of on-road altercation.  The other motorist got out of his vehicle and began to hit Fernandez.  The motorist then got back in his vehicle and drove off. 

Police on Friday indicated that that suspect had been driving a pickup truck, but beyond that a more specific description could not be provided. 

This incident happened during rush hour, which means hundreds of people could have potentially witnessed it. Jerry Foust, a Transportation Planner in Northeast Indiana, said between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. roughly 2,450 vehicles travel through that stretch of U.S. 30, according to data collected in 2017. About 54 percent of those drivers are heading eastbound. 

Anyone who knows something should call Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-7867.

The incident remains under investigation. 





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