ORLAND — A Fremont woman was killed in a nearly head-on crash late Friday afternoon east of Orland and her husband is in “grave” condition in a Fort Wayne hospital, police said Monday in an updated news release.
Just before 4 p.m. a 2007 Nissan pickup truck driven by Donald Gene Squires, 50, Howe, was westbound on S.R. 120 near C.R. 850W when he for reasons yet to be released by police crossed the center line and stuck an oncoming eastbound 2012 Volkswagen nearly head on, said a report from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.
Breanna Jeanne Bright, 33, who was a passenger in the front seat of the Volkswagen, was pronounced dead at the scene from blunt force trauma by a representative of the Steuben County Coroner’s Office.
The driver of the Volkswagen was Lonnie Lee Bright, 43, Fremont.
“Mr. Bright suffered extensive blunt force trauma and still remains hospitalized in grave condition,” said the news release from the Sheriff’s Office.
Bright and one of his children, Journey, 5, were both transported from the scene to Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, by Samaritan Helicopter.
Granger Bright, 3 months, was treated at Cameron Memorial Community Hospital, Angola, and has since been released.
All of the people in the Volkswagen were properly secured, the news release said.
Squires sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene by paramedics.
The weather was clear and the roadway was dry at the time of the crash.
Assisting the Sheriff’s Office at the scene were officials with the Indiana State Police, Orland Police, Orland Fire Rescue, Steuben County EMS and the Steuben County Coroner’s Office.
The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.