Teens injured after vehicle hits tree in Cass County

Southwest Michigan

The scene after a car hit a tree on Peavine Road near Oak Grove Street southeast of Dowagiac. (Jan. 17, 2020)

LAGRANGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A vehicle hit a tree southeast of Dowagiac Friday night, injuring two teens.

Authorities said just after 10 p.m., deputies were called to investigate a personal injury crash on Peavine Road near Oak Grove Street in LaGrange Township.

Deputies said the 19-year-old driver, Terry George III of Dowagiac, was eastbound on Peavine Road when he was unable to negotiate a curve and the car hit a tree.

The vehicle suffered serious front-end damage. The driver and backseat passenger, 17-year-old Ralph Richmond of Dowagiac, suffered minor injuries.

The driver was transported to Borgess Lee by EMS and and passenger was transported to Borgess Lee by personal vehicle.

The third passenger, 17-year-old Jaden Brown, was uninjured.

Seat belts were worn in the crash but alcohol and drugs are believed to be a factor. This crash remains under investigation.

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