Man killed, wife hospitalized in 3-car crash on US-131 near Kzoo

Kalamazoo County

Authorities on the scene of a fatal car crash in Oshtemo Township on Sept. 14, 2021.

OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man was killed and his wife was hospitalized after a three-vehicle crash on US-131 near Kalamazoo Tuesday night.

The crash happened around 8 p.m. on northbound US-131 near Stadium Drive in Oshtemo Township.

Michigan State Police said a Jeep Grand Cherokee was heading southbound on US-131 when the driver lost control, crossed the median and struck an oncoming semi-truck and then a Honda Accord. Investigators believe the driver was trying to avoid hitting a deer before losing control.

The driver of the Jeep, 34-year-old Brian Klintworth of Otsego, was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife, 30-year-old Krystal Klintworth, was sitting in the front seat and taken to the hospital with injuries state police said are not considered life-threatening.

No one else was injured in the crash.

Northbound US-131 from Stadium Drive to W. Main Street was closed for around three hours but has since reopened.

State police said alcohol nor drugs appear to be factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.

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