One Person Dies In Wabash County Crash

WABASH COUNTY – At approximately 10:19 a.m. Thursday, officers from the Indiana State Police and the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash on Ind. 124 at America Road, in which a Wabash man died.

The preliminary crash investigation by Senior Trooper Todd Trottier and Senior Trooper Jeremy Perez revealed that Jason Sturgill, 28, Wabash, was driving a 2002 Chrysler mini-van southbound on America Road approaching a stop sign at the intersection of Ind. 124. The van failed to stop at the stop sign and pulled onto Ind. 124, striking a grain trailer being pulled by a westbound 2018 Freightliner semi-tractor. The Freightliner was driven by Douglas Nicodemus, 45, Columbia City, according to a news release from the ISP.

Sturgill was pronounced dead at the crash scene.

A 2-year-old girl in Sturgill’s van was transported, via ambulance, to a Fort Wayne hospital. She had non-life-threatening injuries.

Nicodemus was transported to a local hospital, treated and released.

The crash is still under investigation.

Neither the use of alcohol nor narcotics is suspected as having contributed to the crash, according to the release.