One death in Wabash County crash

WABASH CO. – Thursday at approximately 10:19 a.m., officers from the Indiana State Police and the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash on State Road 124 at America Road.

The preliminary crash investigation by ISP troopers revealed that 28-year-old Jason Sturgill, of Wabash, was driving a 2002 Chrysler mini-van south on America Road approaching a stop sign at the intersection of State Road 124. The van failed to stop at the stop sign and pulled onto State Road 124 striking a grain trailer being pulled by a westbound 2018 Freightliner semi-tractor. The Freightliner was driven by 45-year-old Douglas Nicodemus, of Columbia City. 

Sturgill was pronounced deceased at the crash scene. A two-year-old girl in Sturgill’s van was transported, via ambulance, to a Fort Wayne hospital. She had non-life-threatening injuries. Nicodemus was transported to a local hospital, treated, and released. 

The crash is still under investigation. Neither the use of alcohol nor narcotics is suspected as having contributed to the crash.