Man killed in Mason County car crash identified

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FREE SOIL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities have released the name of the 40-year-old man who was killed in a head-on car crash early Saturday morning.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as Christopher Patrick Kapala of Scottville.

Emergency crews responded to the crash on US-31, north of Freeman Road just before 4:30 a.m.

They say the preliminary investigation suggested that a car driving southbound on US-31 crossed the center line and hit Kapala’s northbound car head-on.

Kapala was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities say.

The driver of the southbound car, a 33-year-old man of Whitehall, was transported to a hospital in Ludington with serious injuries, then was transferred to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital for advanced care.

The name of the southbound driver has not been released yet.

They say alcohol does appear to be a factor in the crash.

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