Southwest Michigan

2 killed in suspected drunken driving crash in Van Buren Co.

HARTFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Van Buren County authorities say a deadly head-on crash Saturday afternoon was caused by a man who was driving drunk.

The crash happened just after 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the 60,000 block of Red Arrow Highway near 60th Street in Hartford Township between Hartford and Lawrence. 

According to Van Buren County sheriff's deputies, an off-duty sergeant spotted the crash and began helping those injured before emergency responders arrived. 

Authorities say a 23-year-old man from Benton Harbor was eastbound when he crossed the centerline, crashing into a Jeep head-on in the westbound lane. 

The driver of the Jeep, a 73-year-old woman from Paw Paw, died on the scene.

Her passenger, a 57-year-old woman also from Paw Paw, was taken to Bronson Methodist Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition. 

The 23-year-old had two passengers in his vehicle. The first, a 1-year-old boy from Benton Harbor, was also taken to Bronson Methodist Hospital, where he as in critical condition.

The other, a 6-year-old girl from Coloma, was taken to Lakeland Hospital, where she later died.

Deputies believe that alcohol played a role in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Anyone with information can contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at 269.657.3101, Crime Stoppers at 1.800.342.7867 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.


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