Child dies in three-vehicle crash, semi-truck driver arrested on a reckless homicide charge

ROCHESTER – Friday, an investigation into a crash that occurred on May 10, 2021, has resulted in the arrest of 35-year-old Andrew King, of Rochester.

Indiana State Police served King with a Miami Superior Court I arrest warrant, alleging criminal charges for reckless homicide and false informing. King was arrested at his home and transported to the Miami County Jail. 

The arrest stems from an investigation conducted by the Indiana State Police Peru Post’s Crash Reconstruction Team. The investigation revealed that King was distracted while driving a 2016 Volvo semi-tractor, pulling an empty semi-trailer, north on U.S. 31 approaching a red light at Miami County Road 100 North. King did not stop for the red light and rear-ended a Toyota Corolla, pushing it into a Chevrolet Malibu.

Sarah Wallace, 32, of South Bend, was driving the Toyota Corolla. She was flown from the crash scene to a Fort Wayne hospital with serious injuries. She was treated and released two days later. Cecilia Wallace, 2, a backseat passenger in the Toyota, was flown from the crash scene, via medical helicopter, to Riley’s Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. She has undergone multiple surgeries and is still in the hospital. Leo Wallace, six months, was also a back seat passenger in the Toyota. He died from his injuries suffered in the crash.

Christine Wells, 75, Rochester, was driving the Chevrolet Malibu. She was treated and released from Dukes Memorial Hospital on the day of the crash.

The Indiana State Police Peru Post’s Crash Reconstruction Team consists of six members. They go through extensive training to investigate the most serious and complex crashes.