Head-on crash near Niles leaves 5-year-old, man dead


HOWARD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A 5-year-old boy and his dad are dead after crashing head-on with another vehicle east of Niles Friday evening.

Around 8:15 p.m., Michigan State Police officers were dispatched to the area of M-60 near Pine Lake Street, about five miles east of Niles.

According to police, a 2006 Ford, driven by 30-year-old Phillip Parker of Centreville, was traveling westbound on M-60 when it crossed the center line and collided head-on with an eastbound 2007 Ford Edge SUV.

Both Parker and his 5-year-old son were pronounced dead at the scene, MSP said.

It is unknown if Parker was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Injuries to the driver and the passenger of the Ford SUV were non-life-threatening. They were taken to a South Bend hospital for treatment. According to MSP, both were wearing seatbelts.

It is not known if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash, MSP said.

The crash remains under investigation pending toxicology results and the prosecutor’s review.

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