The Journal Gazette
Monday, December 27, 2021 1:00 am

Victims of crash, shooting ID'd

Woman, 90, killed in hit-run; 30-year-old female slain

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Two Fort Wayne women were identified Sunday as the people who died hours apart on Christmas Eve from a car crash and shooting.

Ruth Beyer, 90, was struck by a driver driving a black sedan about 5:40 p.m. while crossing South Anthony Boulevard. The driver left the scene before police arrived.

The Fort Wayne Police Department's preliminary investigation suggested the sedan was a black Challenger or Charger type of vehicle.

Beyer left her vehicle following a crash involving her car and another at South Anthony Boulevard and South Phoenix Parkway.

Police have said Beyer crossed South Anthony Boulevard to talk to the other driver in the initial crash, presumably to exchange insurance information. She was hit while returning to her car by a northbound vehicle.

Beyer died of multiple blunt force injuries, the coroner's office said. The news release didn't note the manner of death.

Beyer's death was the county's 46th motor vehicle crash fatality this year. There have been at least seven pedestrian fatalities, including six since August.

Hours after Beyer's death, police found a woman dead in a home in the 2300 block of South Lafayette Street. 

Officers arrived about 9 p.m. Friday after receiving an emergency call about an argument that had turned deadly at that address.

The Allen County coroner on Sunday identified the woman as Brittany N. Deck and ruled her death a homicide – the 47th this year. The county saw a record 49 homicides in 2016.

Deck, 30, died from a gunshot to the head, the coroner's office said. Medics pronounced Deck dead at the scene.

Both the crash and the shooting remained under investigation Sunday by the city police, the county prosecutor's office and the coroner's office.

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