Motel damaged in hit-and-run; Suspect vehicle found

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A Fort Wayne motel sustained damage to its entryway and overhang early Friday morning after a car crashed into it.

Police responded to the Travel Inn, 2712 W. Coliseum Blvd., around 1 a.m. after receiving multiple 911 calls.

When they arrived, they found part of the overhang in front of the lobby collapsed to the ground, but no vehicle was there.

Officers at the scene said a vehicle drove through the overhang, hit one of the support beams holding it up, and left the scene before anyone at the motel saw what happened.

One guest staying on the second floor of the building said he felt the building shake and was woken up by the collision.

Police were working with motel management to access security video.

As officers canvassed the area, they found a van parked in the back corner of the motel parking lot with front-end damage likely caused by the crash with the building overhang.

Officers called a tow truck to the scene that hauled the van away.

Police at the scene could not say if any charges would be filed against the person involved in the crash.

The Allen County Building Department also responded to the building within an hour of when the incident happened. An inspector examined the damage caused by the crash to determine what steps would need to be taken to make the entryway safe again.

The inspector said the overhang would need to be removed from the building, but the main part of the building did not sustain any structural damage.

No injuries were reported.

The incident is still under investigation.

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