Trucker ‘Did Not Stop’ Causing 3-Vehicle Crash Killing Child and Injuring Another, Police Say

Peru, IN – Investigators say a trucker “did not stop” at a traffic light along an Indiana Highway on Monday, resulting in a deadly accident.

The Indiana State Police (ISP) reported a six-month-old boy died and a 2-year-old girl sustained life-threatening injuries in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 31 at Miami County Road 100 North.


The accident occurred at approximately 3:58 p.m., ISP said in a release.

ISP’s preliminary crash investigation revealed that Christine Wells, 75, of Rochester, IN, was driving a 2015 Chevrolet Malibu northbound on U.S. 31.

The Malibu was stopped or slowing for a red light at Miami County Road 100 North.

Sarah Wallace, 32, of South Bend, IN, was driving a 2013 Toyota Corolla behind the Malibu northbound on U.S. 31.

ISP said the Corolla was also stopped or slowing for a red light at Miami County Road 100 North when a 2016 Volvo semi-tractor pulling an empty box trailer failed to stop for the red light.


The big rig, driven by Andrew King, 35, of Rochester, IN, slammed into the rear of the Corolla and pushed it into the Chevrolet.

Wallace’s six-month-old son Leo, and 2-year-old daughter Cecilia, were “properly secured” in the backseat of the Toyota, ISP said.

The impact of the crash tragically resulted in Leo’s death.

Cecilia sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported via medical helicopter to Riley’s Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

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Wallace was also flown from the crash scene.

She was transported to a Fort Wayne hospital with serious injuries, ISP reported.


Neither King nor Wells was injured.

ISP did not say what factors are suspected to have led to the crash.

However, an investigation remains ongoing and ISP indicated it will report its findings to the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office for consideration of criminal charges for King.

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