Coroner ID’s motorcyclist killed in crash on Stellhorn Road

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — The Allen County Coroner has identified the motorcyclist killed in a crash along Stellhorn Road in northeast Fort Wayne Thursday morning.

The man has been identified as David C. Nunnally II, 19, of Fort Wayne.

The cause of death has been determined to be Multiple Blunt Force Injuries Due to Motor Vehicle Crash and the Manner of Death is Accident.

On Thursday, police and medics were called around 10:15 a.m. to the intersection of Stellhorn Road and Woodway Drive, between Reed and Maplecrest roads, on a report of a crash with injuries. There, a motorcycle and a white SUV collided.

Witnesses told police the motorcycle was “driving at a high rated speed, weaving in and out of traffic.” The driver of the SUV did not see the motorcycle and crossed over in the motorcycle’s path, police said.

“When you see the damage of the vehicles and you look at the significance of the damage you always wonder what is the significance of the injuries are,” said Sgt. Jeremy Web, Fort Wayne Police spokesman. “Especially when motorcycles are involved. It doesn’t take a lot to sustain an injury on a motorcycle. When those things go down you are exposed to the road, your body is vulnerable.”

Police believe the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet. The victim has not been identified but was described as an adult male.

Fort Wayne Police told WANE 15’s Briana Brownlee that there has been an uptick in crashes following the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Traffic fatalities have been kind of high so far this year,” Sgt. Webb said. “Keep in mind with COVID there wasn’t a lot of traffic citations written because we were trying to limit contact. I think with less traffic tickets being written we are seeing more speeding than we normally do. When weather conditions are good, people think they can go a little faster than what they should.”

The driver of the SUV was not seriously hurt.

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