On the morning of Saturday, June 20th, we brought you photos and information on the Channel 27 News Facebook page about a car crash that happened at 4th and Butler, which involved both a car and semi.
According to a press release put out by the Marion Police Department, two young females were riding in the car, with Katelynn Maynus (18) behind the wheel. The passenger was a 17-year-old female who has not been identified. The two were driving southbound on Butler, heading towards the intersection at State Road 18, when Maynus failed to stop for a stop sign.
At the same time, a semi, driven by Bridget Neal, was also approaching the intersection. Neal told police she saw the Buick speeding through the intersection, but despite trying to swerve into the other lane, she could not prevent the truck from hitting the car.
After the semi hit the car, it then veered into a tree, where it came to a stop.
When police arrived, they found the 17-year-old passenger trapped beneath the passenger-side dashboard, but she was responsive and talking with first-responders. However, Katelynn Maynus was trapped in the driver’s side seat, and she was not at all responsive.
Both girls were removed from the vehicle. The passenger was taken to Marion General Hospital, where she received attention for leg pain. Maynus, who was in much worse condition, was airlifted to a hospital in Fort Wayne.
Once in Fort Wayne, Maynus was declared brain dead.
Katelynn (Katie) Maynus had just graduated with the class of 2020 from Oak Hill High School. Since her death, the family has started a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for funeral expenses and any other costs they might be facing as a result of this tragedy.
You can find and donate to the GoFundMe campaign here: https://gf.me/u/yaaz6j
Those of us at Channel 27 News and Entertainment send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the Maynus family and all who knew and loved Katie.