UPDATE: Head On Crash

The driver of this SUV had to be cut from his vehicle after he was sideswiped by another SUV on SR 13 south of North Webster. (Photo by Stacey Page)

A collision between two SUVs on South SR 13 Wednesday near North Webster sent Mark E. Deister and Howard P. Fischer, both of Fort Wayne, to the hospital.

Reported as a head on crash, the collision on SR 13 south of Barbee Road sent both vehicles rolling.

Evidence at the scene and a witness say Deister, 13100 Aboite Center Rd., was northbound on SR 13 and, for an unknown reason, crossed the center line. Fischer, of 9011 Dartford Ct., was southbound on the highway and had a split second to react. The witness said Deister veered left to avoid a head-on collision.

The passenger side of Deister’s vehicle struck the passenger side rear of Fischer’s SUV

The witness told police on scene that the collision could not be avoided by Fischer, whose 2008 Dodge Caravan was actually sideswiped, causing him to lose control. The vehicle rolled at least once before coming to a stop on its side.

Fischer had to extricated from his vehicle and was taken to Kosciusko Community Hospital with pain to his ribs and pelvis. He was treated for facial and body injuries.

Deister, whose 2010 Lincoln Navigator came to a rest upside down in a wooded area approximately 150 yards from the second vehicle, was able to climb out of the wreckage himself. He was taken to Parkview Hospital and suffered from minor facial bleeding.

The driver of this SUV allegedly is responsible for causing the crash on SR 13 south of Barbee Road, North Webster. According to authorities on scene, a witness saw the black SUV northbound in the wrong lane of SR 13. (Photo by Stacey Page)



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