FORT WAYNE – Monday at approximately 7:15 p.m., Indiana State Troopers from the Fort Wayne Post and responded to a two vehicle personal injury crash at the intersection of US 27 and Hoagland Road.
Arriving on scene, troopers found a pick-up truck literally split in two pieces and a large passenger van with heavy front end damage off in the side ditch.
Senior Trooper Bryan Rumple’s preliminary investigation revealed that 2002 Dodge Dakota pick up truck, driven by David Mourey, 65, of Hoagland, was traveling eastbound on Hoagland Road. Mourey crossed the intersection at US 27, and failed to yield the right of way to a Ford passenger van traveling northbound on US 27. The Ford passenger van, driven by Holly Mohr 41, of Auburn, crashed into the side of the pickup truck, ripping the truck in half. As a result of the crash, there were several entrapped occupants in the van, which had to be rescued by fire/rescue personnel.
There were ten children passengers in Mohr’s van, ranging from the age of 6 months to 15 years. Fortunately, Mohr had all ten of her children properly restrained, as well as herself. There were some minor injuries reported with a few of the children, however proper seatbelt restraints coupled with properly deployed airbag technology in the van were the keys to serious injury prevention. Regardless of injury status- due to the severity of the crash, all the children were transported to a local area hospital for medical evaluation, as well as both drivers.
Alcohol was suspected as a factor in this crash, on behalf of Mourey. He was alleged to have been less than cooperative with troopers investigating at the scene. He was admitted to an area hospital for his injuries, so the portion of the investigation related to alcohol impairment will be turned over to the Allen County Prosecutor for review of submitted evidence and determination of possible charges, which would be filed at a later date.
This is an ongoing investigation. There is nothing further for release at this time.
Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Allen County Police Department, Hoagland/Poe/Southwest Fire Department(s) and EMS personnel, New Haven EMS, and Parker’s Wrecker Service.