2 killed in crash outside Monroe

Staff Writer

    Two  people were killed at approximately 10 a.m. Saturday following a two vehicle collision at the intersection of U.S. 27 and U.S. 124 in Monroe.
    Killed in the accident were David M. Sweat, 34, and Tonia L. Valenzuela, 21, both of Bluffton. Adams County Coroner Leslie Smith reported this morning autopsies were performed on both victims Sunday morning at the Allen County Forensics Center.
    According to a report from the Adams County Sheriff’s Department, Jessica D. Love, 34, Decatur, was driving southbound on U.S. 27 when she reportedly failed to stop at the intersection of S.R. 124. Love told officers she believed she had the green light, however couldn’t be sure. Love was transported by EMS to a local hospital with contusions and a lower leg injury.
    A witness to the accident, who was eastbound S.R. 124 and stopped at the intersection behind the Valenzuela vehicle, told investigators the traffic signal had just turned green for east-westbound traffic on S.R. 124. The witness stated he began to turn right to head southbound on U.S. 27 when he noticed the Love vehicle was not slowing. The witness reported he stopped, however the Valenzuela vehicle entered the intersection and was “T-boned” by the Love vehicle.
    The Love vehicle spun around and came to rest in the passing southbound lane of U.S. 27, while the Valenzuela vehicle continued traveling through the intersection before traveling off the southeast corner of the intersection.
    Valenzuela died as a result of multiple blunt force trauma injuries to the chest and abdomen. Sweat, a backseat passenger in the Valenzuela vehicle, died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head and neck, Cook said. Both were wearing seatbelts.
    Two children in the Love vehicle — Jerry A. Love, 7, and Julia A. Love, 1, both of Decatur — were transferred to a local hospital by EMS with injuries to the abdomen and pelvic area.
    Passengers in the Valenzuela vehicle — Joshua M. Everett, 24, and Jonia R. King, 29, both of  Bluffton, were transferred to an area hospital with internal injuries.
    Damage to both vehicles was estimated between $10,001-$25,000. The accident remains under investigation.