NILES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A woman is dead and a man has life-threatening injuries after a crash near Niles Friday.
It happened around 3:45 p.m. in the 2600 block of Old US-31 in Niles Township.
Witnesses say a car was trying to pass another vehicle on the right shoulder of the road, the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office said in a release. They say the car lost control, overturned and hit a tree.
Officials say the car was pinned against the tree, trapping the driver inside, while the passenger was ejected from the car.
First responders attempted life-saving measures on the driver, 19-year-old Chasity Stanfill from Niles, but they were unsuccessful and she died, the sheriff’s office say.
The passenger, an 18-year-old man from Berrien Springs, was taken to the hospital with injuries that are life-threatening, officials say.
The crash remains under investigation.
Deputies do not believe the use of alcohol or drugs are factors.
*Editor’s Note: Authorities initially said Stanfill was 20, but later clarified she was 19.