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Coroner ID’s Indiana Tech students in Friday crash

October 2, 2018

The Interstate 69 deaths of two Indiana Tech students were accidents, the Allen County coroner ruled today.

Tashan Godwin of South Bend was ejected from the vehicle and died from multiple blunt force injuries due to the crash. Aaron J. Porter II of Marion, Illinois, died from blunt force injuries of the head, also due to the collision, the coroner said.

Both men were 20.

Indiana Tech identified them as students in a weekend Facebook post. The university community was “shaken and saddened” by their deaths.

“We give thanks for both of their lives and the brilliance and vitality they brought to our university,” Indiana Tech said.

The school is planning a memorial service at 7 p.m. tonight outside the Abbott Center on the Fort Wayne campus.

The multiple-vehicle crash happened just after midnight Saturday at the Lima Road exit, Exit 311. Police have said the vehicles were northbound on I-69 at the time.

The students were pronounced dead at the scene, and two people were taken to a hospital in critical and serious conditions, police have said.

The deaths are the county’s 23rd and 24th motor vehicle crash fatalities this year.

asloboda@jg.net

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