FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A pickup truck going south on Clinton Street this past weekend drove off the road and crashed into the football field bleachers at South Side High School, causing $100,000 in damage. Now police are investigating whether the owner of the truck, who denies being the driver, was involved in a crash in rural Allen County last month that killed a 23-year-old Grabill man.
When Fort Wayne police arrived at South Side High very early Sunday morning they found a silver 2003 GMC Sierra, however the driver had left the scene..
Police contacted the owner who told them he wasn’t involved as it was a company truck that had hit the bleachers.
On Thursday, Fort Wayne police told WANE 15 that the owner is under investigation by the Allen County Sheriff’s Department for possible involvement in a rollover crash that killed Benjamin A. Brandenberger on Nov. 11 on Antwerp Road.
According to a police report provided by the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, the crash took place just before 1:30 p.m. when a pickup truck drove off the road, hit some fence posts, and then flipped on its roof. The report indicates the driver, who is believed to be the owner of the truck involved in the bleacher crash, was driving too fast for the rainy, wet conditions.
As for the South Side bleachers, school officials hope to have them repaired by the spring sports season.
“This isn’t the first time the bleachers have been damaged by a vehicle. At least two other times in the last 20-years they had to be repaired,” said Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS) spokeswoman Krista Stockman. “This time we are going to have to replace northern half of that section of bleachers.”