Driver who crashed into street department truck dies

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A man hospitalized after a crash near downtown Fort Wayne early Friday has died.

Police and medics responded to Hanna Street near E. Wallace Street around 2 a.m.

When officers got there, a man was unconscious and unresponsive in the driver’s seat of an SUV. He was taken to a hospital in serious condition, but when he arrived, doctors determined his injuries were life-threatening.

He later died.

The Allen County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 46-year-old Marcus Wilkes of Fort Wayne. An autopsy found Wilkes died of blunt force injuries due to a vehicle crash.

Preliminary investigations found the SUV crashed into the back of a city of Fort Wayne Street Department dump truck as the truck stopped at a stop light at Wallace.

No other serious injuries were reported.

Investigators said alcohol appeared to be a factor in the crash.

Police shut down Hanna from Hayden Street to E. Wallace Street for several hours while they conducted their investigation into the crash.

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