Van Driver Died from Blunt Force Trauma

By Scott Sarvay
By Megan Trent
By Cara Shirley

March 20, 2012 Updated Dec 4, 2013 at 9:06 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The Allen County Coroner's Office has released the name of the man who died as a result of the fatal crash between an Allen County Sheriff's squad car and a van.

The driver of the van, 27-year-old Elmo R. Portee of Fort Wayne, passed away at Parkview Regional Medical Center shortly after his arrival at the hospital. Portee died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.

Investigators say that shortly after 10 a.m. Monday morning, an Allen County squad car driven by Officer Mark Sickafoose, was heading east at a high rate of speed on Dupont Road with its lights and sirens on when he hit the minivan. The officer reportedly struck the van on the driver's side, pushing it about 200 feet down Dupont Road.

Witnesses say the van did pull out in front of the officer, but that the van had the green light. The officer was reportedly responding to another crash on Tonkel Road.

Two other occupants were inside the van, 8-year-old Rayshawti Williams and 27-year-old Rashanta Williams. Both are expected to be okay, but the child suffered some significant leg injuries. Officer Sickafoose only had minor injuries.

Traffic was restricted for some time as the intersection was closed for clean-up.

Under state law, police can go through a stop signal, but only after slowing down to a safe speed. The law does not relieve police of their duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons.

Officer Sickafoose reportedly has a very good record with the police department. He was sworn in, in 2004 and has worked as a S.W.A.T. officer, training officer, school resource officer on the Crisis Intervention Team, and even as a child passenger safety seat tech.

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