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One dead in Miami County crash

BY Paige Conley - pconley@perutribune.com

A local man was killed and six others were injured in a two vehicle crash near 1327 East Miami County Road 400 North on May 12 at approximately 5:05 p.m.

The crash, investigated by Indiana State Police Trooper Andrew Smith, reported Nathan Stuber, 34, Mexico, was heading eastbound on County Road 400 North in his 2015 Ford Fusion and Sarah Winters, 32, Denver, was heading westbound on Country Road 400 North in her 2015 Chrysler 200C.

According to the ISP press release, the vehicles approached the hillcrest and sideswiped each other heading in the opposite direction resulting in a collision.

“The early evidence is that both vehicles were pretty close to that centerline and that’s why the crash happened,” said ISP Sergeant Tony Slocum.

Nathan Stuber and his wife, Ashley Stuber, 32, Mexico were reportedly ejected from the vehicle. Nathan Stuber was pronounced dead at the scene and Ashley Stuber, along with her two children ages four and nine, were flown from the crash in a medical helicopter to Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Wayne, said the ISP release.

Ashley Stuber and the children’s injuries are unknown at this time.

“Winters was also flown, via medical helicopter, to Lutheran Hospital with unknown injuries,” said the ISP release.

Winters’ two children, ages eight and 10, were taken by ambulance to Dukes Memorial Hospital where their injuries are unknown.

“It’s just a horrible thing when you have what appears to be a whole family that has to be airlifted,” Slocum said. “It’s a tragic situation.”

Slocum said the investigation is ongoing, and no further information could be released at the time of press.

Along with Smith, several police officers from the Indiana State Police, the Miami County Sheriff’s Department, and the Peru Police Department assisted at the scene.

“Assistance was also provided by the Mexico Fire Department, the Denver Fire Department, Dukes Hospital EMS, Miami County EMA, and the Miami County Coroner’s Office,” said the ISP release.