COLUMBIA CITY — The condition of a Leesburg man injured in a Friday afternoon crash at Lincolnway and U.S. 30 remains a mystery.
Police say Matthew L. Vermillion, 44, disregarded a traffic signal which caused a two-car collision at about 2:15 p.m. Friday.
As a result of the crash, Vermillion was ejected onto the pavement of U.S. 30 in sub-freezing temperatures and was later transported to Fort Wayne by Samaritan, a Parkview Hospital-based rescue helicopter.
Parkview Hospital did not have Vermillion listed in its patient information data base.
Vermillion’s van collided with another van driven by Dex. M. Nunez, 44, of Fort Wayne.
According to the police report, Nunez was restrained and uninjured.
Vermillion was not wearing a seat belt.
The police report said Vermillion was southbound on Lincolnway and failed to stop at the light, which was red. Vermillion’s vehicle hit the Nunez vehicle broadside.
As a result of the collision, newspapers from one of the vehicles littered the intersection.
Police and firefighters closed the westbound lanes of U.S. 30 west of Lincolnway and re-routed traffic northwest on Lincolnway. The unoccupied stretch of highway just west of the intersection served as a makeshift landing zone for the rescue helicopter.
Westbound traffic was rerouted onto Lincolnway West while emergency personnel worked to clean up the scene.
Vermillion was cited for disregarding a traffic light.