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Witness recalls what she saw on US30 moments before fatal fight

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) - "What caught my eye was two vehicles pulled over. And all I saw was the gentleman in front walking to the back, and it was so fast," said Susan Misener, who was a witness to a crime on eastbound US 30 Wednesday evening.

Fort Wayne police say a fight of some sort broke out between two drivers past the US 30-33 interchange after they pulled over.

Officers say one driver got out of a vehicle and beat the other driver before getting back inside his vehicle.

The victim, who later died at the hospital, was identified as 60-year-old Orlando Fernandez, from Fort Wayne.

Fernandez's family is grieving as police are still searching for the suspect. 

The coroner called Fernandez's death a homicide.

Misener said, "All I saw was the gentleman in the front car walking to the gentleman in the back car. It happened so fast, I am probably the only who seen anything."

Misener lives just off highway 33 and said she goes the direction all the time.

Misener said she also saw a man walking from a Ford Mustang to the other vehicle, adding, "I am going around the curb and I'm looking cause I'm like why are they pulled over right there."

Misener said she thought there was an accident.

The Allen County Coroner said Fernandez had a heart attack which was likely triggered by the stress of the fight and by his heart disease.

"I wish I would have looked a few more seconds and seen a little bit more," said Misener when recalling what she saw unfold.

She also says she called Crime Stoppers with what she saw and urges everyone else to call no matter how small the detail may be.  She said, "Call.  Call them.  Don't be scared.  If somebody saw that for me, I would want them to call it in for me, you know?"

If you saw anything on US 30 just before 5:30 Wednesday evening, call Fort Wayne detectives at (260) 427-1201.

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