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Police: Seat belts reduced injuries in high-speed crash

March 4, 2019 GMT

Four people were injured in a crash in Steuben County on Sunday afternoon, Indiana State Police said today.

State police at Fort Wayne said investigators believe that around 12:40 p.m., Brandon G. Wooster, 36, of rural Angola, was driving west on County Road 300 North at a high rate of speed when his car crested a hill, ran a stop sign and collided with another car.

The other car, driven by Ashton J. Davis, 25, of Fremont, was going north on Indiana 827, police said.

They said the rear axle of Davis’ car was torn from it as a result of the crash, state police said, and the engine of Wooster’s car was thrown more than 200 feet down the road.

Wooster had to be extricated from his car and was taken to Parkview Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Because Wooster had been wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, his injuries were reduced, police said.

Davis, along with her two passengers, Harley M. Cleckner, 24, and Alexander E. Cleckner, 5, both of Fremont, were all wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Police said they believe their injuries were lessened because of the restraints.




Davis was taken to Parkview Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.




Police believe drug and alcohol were contributing factors to the crash.




Toxicology results are pending.