Driver killed in fiery crash


ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) — A driver was killed when a speeding vehicle left a southern Allen County road and hit a utility pole midday Monday.

Police and medics were called around 12:45 p.m. to the 17000 block of Marion Center Road, south of Hoagland Road, on a report of a crash. Crews arrived to find a sedan fully engulfed in flames, with the driver pinned inside.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim was identified later as 24-year-old Kyra M. Rabe of Fort Wayne. Rabe died of smoke inhalation and thermal burns due to a motor vehicle crash, the Allen County Coroner’s Office ruled.

According to the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, the sedan was speeding southbound on Marion Center Road when it failed to navigate a curve and left the roadway. The vehicle then hit a utility pole and caught fire.

No one else was in the car at the time of the crash.

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