Coroner identifies woman killed in S. Calhoun head-on crash

UPDATE (June 19, 2021):

A woman killed in a crash on S. Calhoun has been identified.

On Friday, the coroner released the following:

The Allen County Coroner’s Office has completed the autopsy, and made notifications to the next of kin of the deceased individual that was involved in a motor vehicle crash in 4500 block of South Calhoun Street, in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, at about 10:12 hours, June 17, 2021. She has been identified as Dawn D. Slayton, female, black, age 61, of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Dawn D. Slayton was an unrestrained, front, seat, passenger in a motor vehicle, traveling southbound when a northbound motor vehicle drove left of center causing a head-on collision. Dawn D. Slayton was pronounced deceased at the scene by Three Rivers Ambulance Authority.

Dawn D. Slayton’s Cause of Death is due Multiple Blunt Force Injuries due to Motor Vehicle Crash and the Manner of Death is Accident. Dawn D. Slayton is the 19th 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) – Police say one person was killed and three more were hurt in a crash Thursday morning on S. Calhoun.

FWPD officials say that two vehicles collided after the vehicle traveling northbound crossed the center line.

The FWPD released the following:

On Thursday June 17, 2021 at approximately 10:15 AM, officers with the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 4500 block of South Calhoun Street in reference to a personal injury accident. As officers and paramedics arrived on the scene, they located two vehicles in the middle of the roadway. Paramedics provided medical attention to three adult victims before transporting them to a local hospital with Non-Life Threatening injuries. Officers observed one adult female inside one vehicle that was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Initial information obtained is that one vehicle was traveling southbound on Calhoun and one vehicle was traveling northbound on Calhoun. The vehicle traveling northbound crossed into the southbound lane colliding with the other vehicle. It is unclear what caused the vehicle to cross into the southbound lane.

The name of the deceased adult female as well as the exact cause and manner of death will be by the Allen County Coroners Office. Calhoun Street will be closed for a period of time from McKinnie to Sherwood Terr while investigators conduct their investigation. This incident is being investigated by the Fort Wayne Police Department F.A.C.T Team, Allen County Coroners Office, Three Rivers Ambulance Authority, and Fort Wayne Fire Department.