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More felony charges for man blamed in Sunday fatal crash

May 2, 2012

ROANOKE — Prosecutors in Whitley County have added additional charges to a man involved in a fatal car crash Sunday in southern Whitley County that killed a three-year old boy.

Police say Mya Tha Tun, 52, of Fort Wayne was intoxicated when the vehicle he was driving slammed into a van carrying a family of six.

After initially being charged with operating while intoxicated, causing death when he was booked into the Whitley County Jail Sunday, the Whitley County Prosecutor’s Office added seven more felonies Tuesday, including reckless homicide, three counts of criminal recklessness and three counts of operating while intoxicated, causing bodily injury.

At approximately 8 p.m. Sunday, a van containing two adults and four children was rear-ended by another van at the intersection of U.S. 24 and Ind. 114.

The driver, Joel Hoffman, 35, along with Christina Hoffman, 34, and her four children, were taken to a Fort Wayne hospital , where Ethan Hoffman, 3, died of blunt force trauma, according to the Allen County Coroner’s Office.

Hoffman’s van was stopped at a red light in the westbound lane of U.S. 24 when police say the van driven by Tun rear-ended the vehicle.

According to Deputy Cory Patrick of the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, all three children were wearing seatbelts and had properly-fitting carseats.

Tun was admitted to the hospital and arrested upon his release. He remains incarcerated at the Whitley County Jail awaiting an initial hearing at Whitley County Circuit Court on Monday.

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