Car crash in Ionia County leaves man dead

Ionia County
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ORANGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A 29-year-old man of Grand Rapids was killed Saturday evening after traffic was slow on I-96 from a previous crash and a vehicle slammed into the back of multiple vehicles.

Troopers from Michigan State Police Lakeview Post were dispatched to a car crash just after 7 p.m. on I-96 east of M-66 in Ionia County.

According to authorities, preliminary investigations showed a vehicle was driving eastbound on I-96 where traffic was slowed and nearly stopped from another crash further up the freeway. A vehicle driven by a 34-year-old man from Detroit failed to slow down and hit several vehicle’s from behind. As a result, a 29-year-old man sitting in the rear passenger seat, was killed in the crash.

Police are identifying the victim as Kevin Nicholas Coulter.

Speed and distracted driving is believed to be a factor in the crash.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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