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Indiana Tech mourns loss of 2 in crash

October 2, 2018

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

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 crash, 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 in its Facebook post.

The school was to hold a memorial service for Godwin and Porter, a track and field team member, Monday night outside the campus’ Abbott Center, spokesman Brian Engelhart said.

The multiple-vehicle crash happened just after midnight Saturday at Lima Road, Exit 311.

Fort Wayne police have said all vehicles were believed to have been traveling north 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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