WARSAW — Argos Community Schools has confirmed that Ashley Demont, 17, Argos, has died from injuries sustained in today’s multi-vehicle accident on US 30 in Warsaw. Also dead is Kirsten Ganshorn, 17, Walkerton.
Kosciusko County Fatal Team reconstructionist has preliminarily determined that a 2004 Mitsubishi, driven by Ganshorn, was eastbound on U.S. 30, passing a 2011 Ford F150 pickup truck driven by Ronald E. Deck, 68, Warsaw. Ganshorn’s vehicle clipped Deck’s pickup truck, sending both vehicles into the median area of U.S. 30. Deck was able to steer his vehicle back onto the roadway surface of U.S. 30, but Ganshorn’s vehicle spun out-of-control, crossing the median backwards until it impacted the front of a 2007 Chevrolet flatbed truck, driven by John D. Wise, 49, of Larwill. Upon impact, Ganshorn was ejected from her vehicle onto the roadway.
The Wise vehicle, which was travelling westbound bound in the passing lane, was then propelled into an additional westbound vehicle travelling beside him. That vehicle, a 2013 Ford Escape, driven by Barbara A. Slater, 83, Claypool, continued off the westbound lanes of U.S. 30 and over an embankment. Officers stated that an additional vehicle that had been westbound and witnessed the crash had received damage to her SUV due to flying debris from the collision.
Kosciusko County Coroner Anthony Ciriello arrived at the scene, and pronounced Ganshorn deceased from multiple blunt force trauma injuries. Demont had been a front seat passenger in the Ganshorn vehicle, and was airlifted from the scene unconscious and in critical condition with multiple injuries. She later was pronounced dead from these injuries. Wise was also airlifted from the scene in critical condition, and taken to Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, with multiple injuries as well. Deck and Slater were taken to Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, to be medically cleared, with Slater having slight bruising.