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PERU – A 24-year-old Kokomo man has died following a Tuesday morning three-vehicle crash on U.S. 31.

A preliminary crash investigation revealed that Christopher Salinas was driving a 2017 Ford Fusion southbound on U.S. 31 at around 7:55 a.m., approaching a red light at Business U.S. 31, according to a release from the Indiana State Police.

For an undetermined reason, Salinas failed to stop for the red light and rear-ended a 2009 International straight truck driven by Ronald Cunningham, 37, Peru.

The crash impact caused the truck to go into the adjacent lane and hit a 2019 Cadillac Escalade driven by Steven Hartwig, 61, Kokomo.

Salinas was flown from the crash scene, via Lutheran Medical helicopter, to a Ft. Wayne hospital with life threatening injuries. Salinas died due to injuries sustained in the crash, according to a ISP press release.

Cunningham and Hartwig were not injured.

Police say this is an ongoing investigation. Indiana State Police were assisted at the scene by the Miami County Sheriff’s Department.

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