A fatal motor vehicle accident claimed the life of Indiana Wesleyan University student Logan Nelson (jr) on Tuesday, May 16 in Elkhart, Indiana.
According to the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, at 1:33 p.m. 40-year-old Regulo Garcia Sosa of Goshen, Indiana, driving a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado, disregarded a red light and struck Nelson on a 1977 Honda GL1 motorcycle as he crossed the intersection of county road 17.
Nelson was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sosa’s truck then collided with a westbound 2004 Chevrolet Silverado. The driver was 66-year-old Thomas Wagler of Bristol, Indiana, yet he suffered no injuries from the collision.
A fourth driver was involved as well. 72-year-old Phyllis Wood of Goshen, Indiana was traveling westbound in a 2012 Ford Escape on county road 18, crossing county road 17, when Sosa’s truck continued to collide with Wood’s vehicle.
Wood was transported to Elkhart General Hospital while Sosa was transported to Goshen General hospital, both with non-life threatening injuries.
Captain James Bradberry of the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department said the investigation is ongoing and no additional details are being released at this time.
Nelson was a 21-year-old General Studies major and would have been starting his senior year in the fall.
Student Government Association Student Body President Camron Watlington (sr) said he was shocked to hear of Nelson’s passing.
“Our hearts, prayers and condolences go out to Logan’s loved ones for their loss,” Watlington said. “As a campus community, we celebrate Logan’s life even as we mourn the loss of a fellow Wildcat.”
Executive Director of Marketing and Communication, Scott Todd, said IWU takes the responsibility to care for and support family, friends and other community members in the most loving and effective way possible during difficult times like this.
“We are deeply saddened knowing one of our students is no longer with us. Logan’s passing touches everyone here and he will be missed,” Todd said. “We are praying for peace and comfort to envelope his family and friends in this heartbreaking time.”
The Center for Student Success is offering counseling to anyone in the IWU community affected by this tragedy. The link can be found here.