PERU – A Peru woman has died from injuries she sustained during a two-car accident that caught a house on fire Sunday in Miami County.

Audra D. Hays, 36, died of blunt force trauma of the head, according to an Allen County Coroner’s Office autopsy.

Hays was airlifted Sunday to Parkview Hospital after Joshua A. Morgan, 17, ran a stop sign and T-boned Hays’ van, according to the Indiana State Police. The accident happened north of McGrawsville at the intersection of 300 East and 850 South.

Hays was driving with her three children south on 300 East when Morgan’s 1994 Pontiac Bonneville, which was heading east on 850 South, drove through the stop sign at full speed, witnesses said Sunday.

The collision’s impact sent both vehicles into the house at 8477 S. 300 East, Peru, which sits on the northeast corner of the intersection.

Brian and Valerie Troyer, who were traveling behind Hays’ van when the accident occurred, stopped and pulled the crash victims out of the wreck. The Pontiac then caught fire, which spread to the van and the house.

After witnesses pulled Morgan out of the wreck, he began telling them his brakes failed, Brian Troyer said Sunday.

Hays’ 8-year-old daughter, Bailey, was also airlifted to Parkview Hospital.

Audra Hays was pronounced dead about 4 p.m. Monday, said Dick Hoffield, chief investigator at the Allen County Coroner’s Office.

Bailey Hays’ condition is improving, Indiana State Police said. Morgan and Hays’ two sons, Hunter, 8, and Walker, 4, were treated and released from Dukes Memorial Hospital in Peru.

The investigation is ongoing, and a report is not yet available, police said.

Morgan was cited for failure to yield at an intersection Sunday, but the Indiana State Police are speaking with the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office about further charges.

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