traffic_fatalityMonday at approximately 2:07 P.M. officers from the Indiana State Police and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two vehicle crash at the intersection of State Road 114 and Fulton County Road 1275 East, in which a Winamac woman died.

The preliminary crash investigation by Senior Trooper Todd Trottier revealed that Denise Payne, 45, Winamac  was driving a 2017 Jeep Renegade northbound on County Road 1275 East, approaching a stop sign at State Road 114.  Payne stopped the Jeep at the stop sign and then proceeded onto State Road 114. The Jeep pulled into the path of an eastbound 1992 International semi-tractor that was pulling a trailer loaded with grain. The semi-tractor, driven by Russell Feldman, 62, Bourbon hit the Jeep in the driver’s door.

Payne was pronounced deceased at the crash scene. Feldman was not injured.

This is an ongoing investigation. At this time neither the consumption of alcoholic beverages nor narcotics is suspected as having contributed to this crash.

Trooper Trottier was assisted at the crash scene by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, Lutheran Hospital EMS, the Henry Township Fire Department, ISP Lieutenant Brad Weaver, ISP Sergeant Rick Brown, Trooper Doug Weaver, Trooper Dustin Rutledge, and Trooper Aaron Schaal.