Woman dies following weekend crash on Washington Center


A woman who was critically injured in a crash on Washington Center over the weekend has died.

The Allen County Coroner released the following:

“The Allen County Coroner’s Office has identified, and made notifications to the next of kin of the deceased individual that was involved in a motor vehicle crash on Lima Road at West Washington Center road, in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, at about 23:34 hours, Friday, January 22, 2021. She has been identified as Rebeca Garcia-Salazar, female, hispanic, age 33, of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Rebeca Garcia-Salazar was stopped at the intersection when another vehicle lost control striking her vehicle. Mrs. Garcia-Salazar was transported from the scene by Three Rivers Ambulance Authority and was taken to a local hospital where death was pronounced.
Rebeca Garcia-Salazar’s Cause of Death is Multiple Blunt Force Injuries due to Motor Vehicle Crash, and the Manner of Death is Accident. Rebeca Garcia-Salazar is the 7th traffic fatality for Fort Wayne and Allen County in 2021. The incident remains under investigation by the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Allen County Coroner’s Office.”


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Fort Wayne police say that alcohol and speed were factors in a crash that left a woman fighting for her life. Officials say it happened around 11:35 p.m. on Friday.

FWPD officials say that while engaged in OWI patrol, an officer running radar observed a vehicle going at an excessive rate of speed. He attempted to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle failed to stop. He lost sight of the car quickly and began termination of the pursuit around
Progress Rd. due to the excessive speed. The pursuit was less than 30 seconds.

That’s when calls began coming in about the accident less than one minute later of the pursuit termination.
Officers came up onto Washington Center Road as the calls were coming in. They advised the vehicle the officer had been chasing had crashed into another vehicle. A female was found pinned inside a vehicle on Washington Center and the male driver of the pursuit vehicle was taken into custody. That victim was taken from the scene to a local hospital. The doctor there said she had life-threatening injuries.

The FACT Team was paged out due to the severity of the injury and they began the process of gathering measurements and evidence to determine the cause of the crash.

Lima Rd and Washington Center were restricted and Washington Center westbound was closed at Lima. It remained so for the duration of the investigation, about two hours. Police do believe alcohol and excessive speed to be a factor in this incident.