Two people died in a head-on crash in Syracuse on Sunday, Dec. 25.
It happened just before 6:15 p.m. at the intersection of Syracuse-Webster Road and County Road 1200 North.
Five people were involved in the crash, including the two victims who died, according to the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department F.A.C.T. team.
A preliminary determination in to the cause of the crash showed that one of the vehicles involved may have been “racing” in the wrong lane of traffic prior to the collision, the sheriff’s department reported.
According to witness statements, the driver had begun passing another vehicle westbound just prior to the intersection, deputies said.
The vehicle entered into the intersection, and hit another vehicle driven by a 67-year-old Syracuse man. The driver’s son, Stephen T. Conrad II, 32, Syracuse, and his wife, Kimberly R. Conrad, 61, Syracuse, were pronounced dead at the scene by the Kosciusko County Coroner.
The driver of the vehicle that was struck and the two people in the vehicle that was allegedly racing were taken to Fort Wayne hospitals in serious to critical condition.
Kimberly Conrad was a retired kindergarten teacher from Syracuse Elementary, former cheerleading coach and realtor, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at News Now Warsaw.
Kosciusko County Fatal Team reconstruction members are still actively investigating the crash.