Mother charged in toddler death was driver in fatal pedestrian crash

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A woman charged in connection with the beating death of her 2-year-old son was involved in a fatal crash that left a 72-year-old man dead. 

According to the Allen County Coroner’s Office, Ekrem Nezirevic of Fort Wayne, was struck by a vehicle as he tried to cross a busy intersection on Fort Wayne’s north side Oct. 9.

Amber Garrett was the driver of a 2004 gray Chrysler 300M that was involved in the crash, according to an incident report. 

Police and medics were called around 11 a.m. to the intersection of East Coliseum Boulevard and North Clinton Street.

Garrett told police she was traveling North in on North Clinton Street. Just as she approached the intersection at East Coliseum an elderly man was trying to cross Clinton Street from the east side to the west side, according to the report.

She told police she tried to brake to avoid hitting him but could not.

The man was taken from the scene in critical condition with head injuries, police said. He later died. Witnesses said he was narrowly missed by a pickup truck and was hit by a car.

Investigators said the vehicles had the right-of-way with a green light.

Garrett was not injured and was given a standard blood alcohol and drug test, according to the report. Those results were not immediately available. 

Garrett is at the center of a high-profile murder case involving her Malakai Garrett. The toddler died in Nov. 2017 after authorities said he was beaten to death by Garrett’s boyfriend, Mitchell Vanryn.

Vanryn has been charged with murder. A jury trial is set for March.

Garrett is charged neglect of a dependent resulting in serious injury and neglect endangering a child. Her case is scheduled for trial Nov. 27

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