News Release

Fatal Traffic Crash 3421-17 Updated 6/19/17

UPDATE 6/19: Name of deceased released

The deceased driver is identified as 30 year old male Alex Yeider from Paw Paw, Michigan.  The case will be forwarded to the Van Buren County Prosecutors office for review after the investigation is completed on the 18 year old at fault driver.

Nature of Incident:    Fatality Traffic Crash

Incident #:      3421-17

Date & Time: Saturday June 17th, 2017 at approximately 6:40pm hours

Location:        32nd St and 45th Avenue, Antwerp Township, Van Buren County Michigan

Vehicle #1: 2000 Ford Excursion Red in color

Driver #1:       A 18-year male from Paw Paw Michigan, (Name withheld at this time until the completion of the investigation.)

Driver #1 Injuries:    Driver 1 sustained minor injuries in the crash and was transported to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo MI for medical treatment.

Passenger #1 in Vehicle #1:  A 18 year old male from Paw Paw Michigan, (Name withheld at this time.)

Passenger #1 Injuries: Passenger 1 refused medical treatment at the scene.

Vehicle #2: 1999 Toyota Camry

Driver #2:       A 30-year male from Paw Paw Michigan, (Name withheld at this time pending family notification.)

Driver #2 Injuries:    Driver 2 was found deceased at the scene as a result of the crash.

Narrative:      Sheriff Daniel E. Abbott reports that upon Saturday June 17th 2017 at approximately 6:40pm, Sheriff Deputies along with emergency medical staff were dispatched to a two vehicle personal injury crash that occurred at the intersection of 32nd St and 45th Avenue near Paw Paw Michigan.  Deputies and Paw Paw Police Officers arrived on scene and found two vehicles that had collided in the intersection.  The result of the collision caused both vehicles to subsequently leave the roadway and come to rest in a horse pasture.  Deputies and medical staff found the 30-year-old male driver from Paw Paw severely injured at the scene and attempted to CPR to revive him.  The attempts to revive driver #2 were unsuccessful and subsequently driver #2was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Deputies and EMS staff also attended to the two occupants of the second vehicle.  The driver was evaluated and taken to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo MI for medical treatment.  The passenger did not require medical treatment and was released at the scene.   

Deputies then began the investigation into the cause of the crash and found that driver #1 had failed to stop at the posted stop sign intersection and struck a driver #2 vehicle which had the right-of-way.  It does not appear at this time that alcohol nor drugs were a factor in the crash, but the Van Buren County Accident Investigation team is investigating to find what was the exact cause of the traffic crash.  Upon the completion of the investigation, the case will be forwarded to the Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office for review to see if any charges are applicable in the situation. 

Anyone with information in this matter is asked to please call the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at 269-657-3101.

Investigating Deputies:

Deputies Brian Matthews and Rob Miersma (Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office)

Assisting Agencies:

Van Buren Emergency Medical Services Ambulance Service, Paw Paw Police Department, Paw Paw Fire Department, Paw Paw Quick Response Team

Supervisor Contact:  The on-duty Patrol Sergeant at 269-657-3101 or Lieutenant Jim Charon at 269-657-2006 

Anyone with information can contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at (269) 657-3101, Crime Stoppers 1-800-342-7867, Silent Observer (269) 343-2100 or your local Police Department. 

Mobile phone users and online users can provide anonymous crime tips to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office by sending a text Tip Soft message by sending a text message to “CRIMES” (274637) with the keyword VBCTIP from a mobile phone.  To submit an online tip, go to and at the top of the homepage follow the directions to submit a tip.

Jim Charon