MontCo Dad Dies, Family Injured in Fiery Crash

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    WNDU-TV
    The pickup truck burst into flames after crashing head-on into the Valentine family's minivan.

    A Montgomery County man was killed and his wife and two children were injured in a fiery crash in Northern Indiana on Sunday.

    The Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department says a pickup truck crossed a highway's center line on Indiana 13 in North Webster, Indiana, and crashed head-on into the family's minivan.

    Jeremy Valentine, 39, of Pinewood, Pennsylvania, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Jeremy's wife, Seana Valentine, 38, was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital in critical condition. Their two children, 9-year-old Molly and 7-year-old Luke, also suffered less serious injuries.

    Ryan Taylor jumped out of his car to help moments after the crash. He pulled one child out of the truck and then ran over to the minivan because he heard kids yelling.

    "I noticed that the parents were unconscious, and I grabbed the one girl out," Taylor told television station WNDU. "I pulled her out because I didn't want her to see her parents."

    Witnesses tell WNDU-TV that the pickup truck was driving erratically before the crash. Bystanders helped pull two children from the truck after it burst into flames.

    Both Jeremy and Seana Valentine attended the University of Pennsylvania and also worked with the Lower Merion School District. Jeremy was a network administrator in the technology department of the District, while Seana worked as a literacy specialist at Penn Wynne Elementary.

    Friends say Seana was dealing with medical issues, and the family moved to Indiana toward the end of the school year so that she could be closer to her relatives.

    Dr. Wagner Marseille, the acting superintendent of LMSD, released a statement on Jeremy Valentine's death:

    “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Valentine family at this incredibly difficult time. Jeremy was not only a wonderful father, but also a well-loved and respected colleague who made enormous, lasting contributions to our District. He was brilliant, funny, hard-working, loyal and exceptionally talented. We grieve for the loss of an extraordinary person and hope with all our hearts for the health and well-being of his wife and children. The Valentines are a close-knit family known and admired by so many in our community. As we move forward over the coming weeks and months, we will do so together, inspired by their positive and courageous spirit.”