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Driver killed in head-on crash near Kalamazoo ID'd

RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A Plainwell man was killed in a head-on crash northeast of Kalamazoo.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that 49-year-old Matthew Joel Cooper died in the Wednesday evening crash on N. Sprinkle Road near FG Avenue E in Richland Township.

The sheriff’s office said around 7:40 p.m., Cooper tried to pass another vehicle in a no passing zone and hit an SUV head-on in the southbound lane. Cooper died at the scene.

The driver of the SUV, a 16-year-old boy from Kalamazoo, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The sheriff’s office says the crash remains under investigation.


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