Steuben crash leaves 3 dead

May 7, 2019

Three people, including two children, died and two were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Steuben County, the sheriff’s department said Monday.

The crash occurred about 11:35 a.m. Saturday at County Road 800 South and Old U.S. 27.

Rhiannon Momenee, 6, and Madelyn Bittle, 18 months, both of Montpelier, Ohio; and Stephanie D. Hogan, 25, of Auburn, all died in the crash. All were back-seat passengers in a 2002 Dodge Intrepid driven by Patricia L. Bittle, 22, of Montpelier, the sheriff’s department said.

Bittle was westbound on 800 South when she stopped at a stop sign at Old 27, police said. She then entered the intersection but failed to yield the right of way to a northbound Chevrolet Silverado pulling a loaded trailer and driven by Jeffery L. Durkes, 45, of Harlan.

Bittle was taken by ambulance to Parkview Regional Medical Center in critical condition. Durkes was uninjured in the crash. 

Samson Cole, 31, of Bryan, Ohio, was a front-seat passenger in the Dodge Intrepid and was transported to Parkview Regional Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Man found badly hurt on sidewalk

A man was critically injured in an altercation early Monday, Fort Wayne police said.

Police were called to the 1400 block of Broadway about 1 a.m. Officers found a man lying on the sidewalk suffering from multiple injuries, police said.

The man was taken to a hospital in serious condition but was later downgraded to critical condition, police said.

Police were speaking with area businesses and looking for video footage of what happened.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 427-1201 or Crime Stoppers at 436-7867.