Court docs: Fatal crash suspect deflects blame

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – When Samuel Clemons appeared at town police headquarters Monday morning, he turned himself in so that he could “give his side” of a deadly crash the evening before.

The mom of the 37-calendar year-old’s two kids, Samia Ethel Hayes, was killed right after he compelled her motor vehicle off the road Sunday night, according to freshly launched Allen Exceptional Courtroom files.

Clemons claimed, although, that Hayes was chasing him following an argument.

Witnesses and surveillance video clip from a parking garage close to the crash scene recommend or else.


Online video showed that when Clemons’ black Chevy Malibu struck Hayes’ grey 2004 Nissan Murano, the total of make contact with “was so serious that the rear wheels of her Murano appeared to be lifted off the ground with the front end of the Malibu beneath the rear portion of her automobile,” an investigator wrote in courtroom files.

The Murano rotated clockwise right before leaving the camera’s see. Later, unexpected emergency responders would arrive to find it partly wrapped all-around a tree.

Clemons now faces preliminary costs of leaving the scene of an incident ensuing in death, a level 4 felony, reckless homicide, a level 5 felony, two counts of legal recklessness with a fatal weapon and resisting regulation enforcement by fleeing in a motor vehicle, stage 6 felonies.

He is also charged with misdemeanor leaving the scene of an incident creating assets destruction.

Clemons is being held at the Allen County Jail on no bond, claimed Allen County Sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Steve Stone. His arrest violated his launch on a yr-very long suspended prison sentence he obtained on a drunk driving conviction levied against him this past December, according to court information.

The evening Hayes died, Clemons said the two were arguing at a household. He explained in court docket files he still left about 7:30 p.m. in his Malibu and she adopted. Clemons claimed that Hayes struck his vehicle from the rear as they drove toward downtown.

As they were being turning, he claimed in court docket paperwork Hayes drove all-around his vehicle and acquired in front of his Malibu. Clemons preserved that his Malibu was struck by the Murano as he attempted to get away, courtroom documents stated.

That wasn’t what witnesses saw, in accordance to court docket paperwork.

Just one witness reported he was driving south on Clinton when he saw the black Malibu heading “very rapidly and strike an SUV,” at which point a blue 2013 Ford F-150 was sideswiped. Other witnesses explained they noticed the black Malibu repeatedly strike the Murano from the rear as they traveled down South Clinton Avenue.

Detective Robert Warstler took place to be traveling on South Clinton when he listened to the crash guiding him, then noticed Clemons shoot previous him on the ideal and go on south on Clinton Street.

Warstler followed Clemons for a short time period of time till Clemons ran a crimson mild. That’s when Warstler initiated a law enforcement pursuit. Clemons circled the region and drove earlier the crash scene on South Clinton Street, turning east on to East Jefferson Boulevard.

One particular witness filmed the Malibu’s second go by the crash web page and then flee from police and turn on to East Jefferson Boulevard from South Clinton Road. As Clemons created the flip, he struck nevertheless another motor vehicle on the passenger facet and continued to leave the scene, court docket paperwork explained.

The downtown pursuit terminated in close proximity to Clay and Madison streets where by officers discovered the Malibu experienced been deserted. A citizen told law enforcement that the driver had fled. Officers shortly afterward surrounded Clemons’ household on Madison Avenue, but could not locate him.

The fate of the small children inside of the home was not addressed in court docket documents.

Back at the scene in which the Murano crashed, bystanders done CPR on Hayes, in accordance to court docket paperwork.

Fort Wayne hearth and other healthcare personnel quickly arrived and discovered Hayes was still inside the car as bystanders tried using to help you save her. There was in depth injury to the entrance driver’s doorway area, courtroom paperwork stated.

Hayes was taken to a community medical center wherever she was pronounced lifeless from her accidents.

Clemons is due to look in entrance of an Allen Remarkable Court docket choose Friday.