FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – The Fort Wayne man at the center of a crash that killed a young couple in February of 2017 on W. Jefferson admitted guilt in an Allen County courtroom on Thursday afternoon.
Justin Votaw admitted to 5 counts in connection with the crash that killed 23-year-old Jonathan Tracy and 24-year-old Alisa Arseneau .
Votaw did not reach an agreement with prosecutors, admitting that he left the scene. He told the court he was previously diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
According to court documents released following the crash, Votaw told police he didn’t know why he left or how he wound up with wet clothes from “being in the river,” before waking up at a friend’s home.
Another vehicle, a Chevy Equinox was involved and may have played a role in what caused the crash. The driver of that vehicle was uninjured when it, the BMW Votaw was driving, and that of Tracy and Arseneau were in crashed near Swinney Park.
Votaw will be sentenced on May 11. He could see up to 16 years behind bars.