Bishop Dwenger Officials Cancel School Monday For Funeral Of Crash Victim

By Ian Hoover - 21Alive
By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive
By Jeff Neumeyer

March 31, 2014 Updated Apr 4, 2014 at 10:14 AM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Officials at Bishop Dwenger High School have cancelled school Monday because so many students, faculty and staff want to attend the funeral of 17-year-old Haley Nellum.

Mar. 31 Report
Trying to come to grips with a horrific fatal traffic crash.

We spoke on Monday to the mother and best friends of a Bishop Dwenger High School student killed early Saturday.

A New Haven man is accused of driving drunk and causing the crash.

Police say he was speeding away from a bar shooting.

That early morning shooting at the bar sparked a series of events that led to Haley M. Nellum, 17, of Fort Wayne, dying from blunt force trauma after being hit by another car at the intersection of Stellhorn & Hobson Roads just after midnight Friday night, according to the Allen County Coroner's Office.

Police were dispatched to the Corner Pocket Pub, 3215 St. Joe Ctr. Rd., on reports of gunshots. Witnesses tell police that two vehicles sped southbound out of the parking lot.

Shortly after the incident at the Corner Pocket Pub, at 12:04 a.m., authorities responded to the crash at Stellhorn Road & Hobson Roads.

Witnesses tell police that a vehicle driven by Jeremy Washington, 35, of Fort Wayne, was heading southbound on Hobson Road, ran a red light and hit Haley's car, which was heading eastbound on Stellhorn Road.

Haley died at the scene.

Washington claims he was speeding, fearing that those in the other car were hot on his trail.

At approximately 12:19 a.m. the Fort Wayne Police Department was notified a shooting victim arrived at a hospital. Officers found bullet holes in the vehicle that transported the victim.

Chad Jackson was shot in the neck.

Those with Jackson say Washington fired the shot that struck Jackson.

Washington claims those in the other car fired at him first.

Washington was arrested and is preliminarily charged with eight counts, including aggravated battery, drunk driving causing death, and reckless homicide.

Haley was a student at Bishop Dwenger High School, where she played basketball.

"Please keep the Nellum family in your prayers during this terrible tragedy," the Bishop Dwenger basketball account tweeted Saturday afternoon (@BDHSBasketball). "Our thoughts and prayers go out to their family and friends."

Hobson Road was closed between Stellhorn Road & Timberhill Drive for about 5 hours.

To see our full report, click on the video.




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