Wells County- (11-3-21) An early afternoon crash on State Road 124 near County Road 700 East claimed two lives today in Wells County.

At approximately 2:19 p.m. on November 3, 2021, Sgt. Kris Coffey responded to a serious crash involving two vehicles on State Road 124.  Preliminary investigation indicates that a blue 2007 Ford Explorer driven by Brian Stoner (52) of Berne, IN was traveling westbound on State Road 124, just west of County Road 700 East, when the Ford ran off the roadway to the right.  When Stoner attempted to steer back onto the roadway he lost control of the Ford, crossed the center line, and collided nearly head-on with a silver Buick Rainier, driven by Jacqueline Cerna Espinoza (23) of Bluffton, IN, that was traveling eastbound on State Road 124.

Stoner and Espinoza were both pronounced deceased at the scene by the Wells County Coroner. Stoner and Espinoza were the sole occupants of each vehicle.

Alcohol or drugs are not suspected to be factors in this crash.  State Road 124 was closed for approximately 3 hours for the crash investigation and removal of vehicles.

The families of Stoner and Espinoza have been notified.

The Indiana State Police was assisted by the Wells County Sheriff’s Office, Wells County Coroner, and the Bluffton Fire Department.