Teen, 16, killed in crash with tree stump; drugs suspected

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A 16-year-old girl was killed when the car she was driving left a Steuben County roadway, hit a tree stump and flipped Monday night.

Police and medics were called just before 9:30 p.m. to Vanguilder Road north of C.R. 660 N on a report of a crash.

According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 16-year-old Megan-Sue Rose Johnson of Camden, Michigan, was headed southbound on VanGuilder Road at a “high rate of speed” when she lost control of her vehicle at a curve in the roadway. The vehicle veered off the road and struck a tree stump, which caused the vehicle to roll over, the sheriff’s office said.

Johnson was airlifted from the scene to a Fort Wayne hospital, but she died there. Authorities said she died of blunt force trauma.

A passenger in Johnson’s vehicle – 16-year-old Winter M. Bradley of Camden, Michigan – was taken to a hospital for leg pain.

Police said “unsafe speed and use of illegal drugs” are believed to be factors in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

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