KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - One person died after being involved in a rollover accident and then hit by another vehicle that drove through the first crash scene early Sunday morning.
The driver of a vehicle lost control during the turn on the Business Loop 131 near Westnedge Avenue in Kalamazoo Township around 3:16 a.m. and rolled over in the median. Four people were in the vehicle -- at least one was ejected and at least three were hurt -- according to Kalamazoo Township police.
An off-duty Kalamazoo County sheriff's deputy, on her way to work, and a nurse, who had just finished her shift at Bronson Methodist Hospital, each appeared on the scene. They helped the victims with their injuries.
A few minutes later, a second vehicle was driving on the Business Loop and its driver lost control at the same curve and drove through the first crash scene. The second vehicle struck several people: two passengers from the first crashed vehicle, the off-duty deputy and the nurse.
One of the passengers in the first vehicle, Trevor Stuck, 23 of Richland, was pronounced dead at the scene after the second crash occurred. However, authorities say it is not certain which injuries from which crash resulted in his death.
The other passenger, Brittany Despins, 22 of Kalamazoo,the nurse, 53-year-old Marykay Macquarrie and the off-duty deputy, Laura Misner, 46, were taken to a hospital. Despins and Macquarrie are listed in critical condition. Deputy Misner is stable.
The driver of the first vehicle, 24-year-old Kalamazoo resident Kari Braley, and another passenger Kent Smith, 24 from Kalamazoo, were taken to a hospital and recovering from their injuries.
The driver of the second vehicle, 22-year-old Kalamazoo resident Margaret Robinson, was not injured in the incident and police say she has not been taken into custody at this time.
A PRIDE Care employee told 24 Hour News 8 that several of the people in the first vehicle were PRIDE Care employees.
Stuck was a paramedic and several of the people in his car were also first-responders.
This was posted in the Comstock Fire and Rescue Facebook page : "Comstock Fire extends its deepest sympathies to PRIDE Care Ambulance, and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire police, fire, and EMS community today after the loss of one of our own in a traffic accident. Please keep the brave and dedicated members of PRIDE Care, and Kalamazoo Twp. Fire Department in your thoughts, as they work to cope with todays tragic events."
Friends say they're not surprised that Macquarrie, a Bronson Hospital nurse, would stop to help another person in need.
"They all know each other," said Kalamazoo Township Police Chief Tim Bourgeois. "The first response community is just that -- it is a community."
Authorities say the curve is dangerous and that there are often crashes that result in injury there. State and local officials will be looking into what, if anything, needs to be done to the curve to make it more safe.
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