Man pleads guilty in fiery June crash that killed woman

A northeastern Indiana man charged in a fiery June car crash in Fort Wayne that killed his girlfriend has pleaded guilty in the case.

WANE-TV reported 29-year-old Jeremy J. Hoerger of New Haven entered the plea Tuesday in Allen Superior Court to driving while intoxicated causing death. Sentencing is Oct. 26.

Court documents say Hoerger had a blood-alcohol content of 0.27 percent, or more than three times Indiana’s legal limit, when his car failed to negotiate a curve, struck a tree and caught fire.

Witnesses pulled the unconscious Hoerger from the wreck but couldn’t extract 27-year-old passenger Juliet Ann Taylor Schebelt. She died from blunt-force injuries after the car’s impact with the tree.

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