Death toll increased to 4 in multi-vehicle crash

Chippewa Township M-20 crash

The scene of a crash on d M-20 near Vroman Road in Isabella County’s Chippewa Township. (June 30, 2018)

CHIPPEWA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say four people, including a toddler, died following a three-vehicle crash in Isabella County Sunday.

Three others were injured, including two from Byron Center.

The wreck happened around 4:15 p.m. Sunday on eastbound M-20 near Vroman Road in Chippewa Township, east of Mount Pleasant.

The Isabella County Sheriff’s Office said a Jeep was heading eastbound on M-20 when it went into oncoming traffic, striking a Chevy Avalanche head-on. The Avalanche then spun sideways and was struck by a Nissan Altima.

Authorities say the driver of the Jeep, who was killed instantly, may have been experiencing a medical issue. He was identified Monday afternoon as 48-year-old Jason MacArthur from Hemlock. A passenger in the Jeep, 36-year-old Jennifer Harvey, was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

The driver of the Avalanche was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition. She died from her injuries Sunday night, according to the sheriff’s office. Two passengers in the Avalanche also died.

They were identified Monday as 34-year-old Jessica Jackson of Stanford (the driver), 43-year-old Jeremy Jackson and 3-year-old Jayce Jackson.

Authorities say Jeremy Jackson was ejected from the vehicle and died on the way to the hospital. It appears he was not wearing his seat belt, the sheriff’s office said.

Jayce was in the back seat. Investigators say it appears the child’s seat was not fastened correctly or the child unbuckled part of the car seat before the crash.

The driver of the Altima was identified as 60-year-old Keith Genther of Byron Center and his passenger was 56-year-old Cathy Genther. Both received non-life-threatening injuries.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the Jackson’s surviving daughter.

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