At approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday, Christopher Salinas, 24, of Kokomo, succumbed to his injuries sustained in Tuesday’s crash on U.S. 31 and Business 31 in Miami County.
At approximately 7:55 a.m. Tuesday, officers from the Indiana State Police and the Miami County Sheriff’s Department responded to a three vehicle crash on U.S 31 and Business 31.
The preliminary crash investigation by Trooper Dustin Rutledge revealed that Christopher Salinas, 24 , Kokomo, was driving a 2017 Ford Fusion southbound on U.S. 31, approaching a red light at Business 31. For an undetermined reason, the Ford failed to stop for the red light and rear-ended a 2009 International straight truck. The truck was driven by Ronald Cunningham, 37, Peru. The crash impact caused the truck to go into the adjacent lane and hit a 2019 Cadillac Escalade driven by Steven Hartwig, 61, Kokomo.
Salinas was flown from the crash scene, via Lutheran Medical helicopter, to a Ft. Wayne hospital. He suffered from life threatening injuries. Neither Cunningham nor Hartwig were injured.
This is an ongoing investigation.