Three Rivers man killed when car hits tree

St. Joseph County

FLORENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man was killed in a crash south of Three Rivers early Friday.

It happened shortly before 5 a.m. on Lutz Road near Roy’s Place in Florence Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office says a southbound driver lost control, causing his car to leave the road and hit a tree.

The driver, 20-year-old Gerardo Menendez of Three Rivers, died at the scene.

Authorities say speed appeared to be a factor and Menendez was not wearing a seat belt, but that alcohol is not believed to have been a factor.

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