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Wabash crash leaves 1 dead, 3 others injured

WABASH, Ind. – One person was killed and three others were injured after a driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed on US 24 in Wabash.

Officers responded to the crash near Stitt Street around 2:10 a.m.

A preliminary investigation indicated that Dakota Jackson, 25, was driving westbound when he lost control, traveled across a grass median and through the eastbound lanes. The car then rolled and slid across Old US 24, before coming to rest on its top, in a ditch.

Jackson suffered numerous severe injuries. He was flown by a medical helicopter to a Fort Wayne hospital.

Derik R. Stearns, 26, a backseat passenger, was flown by a medical helicopter to a Fort Wayne hospital, where he died from his injuries

Brianna N. Thomas, 20, was also in the backseat. She was transported by ambulance to a Wabash hospital. She sustained a back injury.

Michael A. Grenier Jr., 23, was in the front seat. He was transported by ambulance to a Wabash hospital. He sustained injuries to his hands and arms. He has been treated and released.

This crash is still under investigation. At this time, police believe alcohol, excessive speed, distracted driving and unsafe lane movement contributed to this crash.

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