Crash victim ID’d; sorrow at Heritage

November 6, 2018

Students and staff mourning the death of a Heritage Junior-Senior High School sophomore could seek support from grief counselors Monday, the first school day since the fatal crash in southeast Allen County that also injured five others.

“At this time, we ask that you keep the families of all involved in your thoughts and prayers,” Principal Matt Widenhoefer said Monday on the school’s Facebook page. “This terrible tragedy affects our school and entire community.”

Ar Zi Za La, a passenger in the Friday crash, is the 30th traffic fatality in Allen County this year, the Allen County coroner’s office said Monday.

The 17-year-old Fort Wayne resident died from blunt force injuries due to the crash, which happened about 3:15 p.m. in the 9100 block of Wayne Trace east of Marion Center Road. His death was ruled an accident, the coroner said.

Authorities have said two cars : one green, one gray : were traveling at high speed northwest on Wayne Trace in both lanes of traffic when a box truck traveling southeast tried to avoid the cars but collided with the gray one.

The gray car, which contained six students, rolled several times, authorities have said. Three reportedly suffered minor injuries while the others suffered critical and serious injuries.

Nobody in the green car was hurt, police have said. This is the second traffic fatality involving East Allen students in as many months. A Leo Junior-Senior High School freshman died Oct. 7 in a one-car crash.


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