Driver Of Vehicle Involved In Fatal Milford Crash Arrested

KCSD Press Release- Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested the driver of the Saturday morning fatality near Milford, along with another individual. Officers and emergency personnel responded to a single-vehicle crash west of Milford, Indiana, along County Road 1350 North, near County Road 300 West, at approximately 12:09 a.m., Saturday morning.  Deputies and emergency personnel arrived on scene to find a disintegrated 2007 Nissan, 350 Z, engulfed in flames, in a field.   The Milford Fire Department subsequently located a charred body inside the passenger seat of the vehicle.  Parkview Samaritan helicopter was summoned to the scene to search the area for the potential driver, to no avail.  The passenger, Kami L. Ellis, 27, Nappanee, was positively identified at the Northeast Indiana Forensic Center, Fort Wayne, on Sunday during an autopsy, according to Kosciusko County Coroner Michael Wilson.  Ellis was determined to have died from blunt, force trauma as a result of the vehicular crash. During the progress of the investigation, it was determined that the driver had fled the area and had been retrieved in Milford by another individual.  At approximately 5:48 a.m., Warsaw City Police located the driver of the fatality vehicle, Scott L. Wilkins, 36, Milford, along with an assisting individual, identified as Vicki Lynn Simmons, 61, Milford, at the Warsaw Holiday Inn Express hotel.  Wilkins requested medical attention from the original fatal crash, and was transported to Kosciusko Community Hospital.  Wilkins was later transferred to Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, as a result of his multiple injuries.  Kosciusko County F.A.C.T. investigators and the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office stated that charges against Wilkins are currently pending. Vicky Simmons was subsequently arrested at the hotel Saturday morning and transported to the Kosciusko County Jail.  She was preliminarily charged with felony aiding/causing/inducing.  Simmons’ was bond was set at $2,000. Kosciusko County F.A.C.T/crash investigators preliminarily determined that the fatality vehicle had been eastbound on County Road 1350 North at high rate of speed.  Wilkins advised officers that a deer had entered onto the roadway, and he had attempted to swerve to avoid colliding with it.  The Nissan began to slide sideway, crossing the roadway, striking a tree and sign, before travelling into the field and catching on fire.