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Crash victims suffer memory loss

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@wabashplaindealer.com

Two separate accidents this week left drivers with fuzzy memories and required them to be airlifted to hospitals in Fort Wayne.

On Tuesday around 8:40 a.m., an accident involving a semi trailer on U.S. 24 near Falls Avenue that ran off the road left the driver, 52-year-old William Bruggeman, of Celina, Ohio, unresponsive in the driver’s seat. When police and paramedics arrived on scene, they said the semi trailer was located off the north side of the westbound lanes of U.S. 24, but was facing east.

According to the report, he was “awake but unresponsive.”

Witnesses stated that the driver appeared to cross traffic from the far eastbound lane. They said Bruggeman entered the westbound lanes and started going the wrong way before he left the roadway and hit the embankment.

They said he rolled his vehicle and came to a complete stop in the ditch off of 24. Bruggeman was airlifted and taken to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, where he told police he didn’t remember what happened. He said he was driving down 24 and then felt something “funny” with his body. He said the next thing he remembered was waking up in the hospital.

In a separate accident that occurred Thursday around 6 a.m. at Ind. 114 and 200 West, 34-year-old Brandon Kidd, of Akron, flipped his Dodge Ram and landed it on its driver’s side, according to police diagrams of the accident. Kidd was trapped in the truck and later complained of leg and lower knee pain. He was airlifted and taken to Parkview Regional Hospital in Fort Wayne, where he said he couldn’t recall anything from the accident.

Witnesses said a vehicle in front of Kidd signaled to turn, and said Kidd attempted to pass the vehicle as it slowed down, causing the two to impact as the second driver attempted to turn left.

Driving the second vehicle was Lisa Anger, 50, of Pennsylvania, who suffered no injuries from the accident, according to accident reports.