Wabash County – Friday morning, at approximately 8:24 a.m., officers from the Indiana State Police and the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two vehicle crash on Wabash County Road 100 East at Wabash County Road 1400 North, which killed a rural North Manchester, IN man.
The preliminary crash investigation by Trooper Michael Biggs revealed that Donald Fecher, 60, Milford, IN was driving 2007 Hyundai Azero eastbound on County Road 1400 North, approaching County Road 100 East. Fecher allegedly failed to completely stop for a stop sign at the intersection of County Road 100 East. The Hyundai pulled onto County Road 100 East and hit, in the driver’s side, a northbound 2002 Ford Explorer. The Ford was driven by David Christian, 62, rural North Manchester, IN. After the crash impact, both vehicles came to rest in a field north east of the intersection.
Christian was pronounced dead at the crash scene. He was not wearing a seat belt which Troopers Biggs believes could have prevented his fatal injuries. Fecher was transported by ambulance to a Kosciusko County hospital with minor injuries. Fecher was wearing a seat belt which Trooper Biggs believes prevented Fecher from having severe injuries.
This crash is still under investigation. At this time neither the use of alcohol nor narcotics is suspected as having contributed to this crash.
Trooper Biggs was assisted at the crash scene by Master Trooper Joe Swisher, Trooper Todd Trottier, officers from the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, and Wabash County EMS.