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Driver, 60, charged in fatal DWI crash

Noble County Prosecutor Steve Clouse charged 60-year-old James Gaylord with reckless homicide and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing death. The charges stem from July 1, 2011.

The Cromwell man was involved in a crash near Noble County Road 200 South and County Road 1050 West. Gaylord’s vehicle crashed into a vehicle driven by Thomas Davidsen, 85, according to a statement from the prosecutor’s office.

Davidsen, also of Cromwell, died July 7 at a Fort Wayne hospital. The cause of death was determined to be blunt-force trauma to the chest and stomach from the crash, according to the release.

A deputy at the scene smelled alcohol on Gaylord’s breath and wrote in his report that Gaylord admitted to drinking before the crash.

Gaylord failed at least one field sobriety test and was clocked at 78 mph in a 55-mph zone at the time of the crash, officials said.

Gaylord was arrested Monday evening, according to the release.

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