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News Release

Fatal Traffic Crash 5/25/18

UPDATED NEWS RELEASE

NAME OF DECEASED DRIVER:

THE DECEASED DRIVER IS IDENTIFIED AS  25 YEAR OLD DARIA MALAGA OF ELKHART, INDIANA. 

PASSENGER UPDATE:

2 MONTH OLD SON OF DARIA MALAGA CURRENTLY STILL LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION

DRIVER #1  

42 YEAR OLD FEMALE BATTLE CREEK,  MICHIGAN LISTED IN GOOD CONDITION

Nature of Incident:

Fatality Two Vehicle Traffic Crash   

Incident #:

 3348-18

Date & Time: 

 05/25/2018 20:57Hours

Location: 

M51 Highway near 89th avenue Hamilton Township,  Decatur, Mi

Driver Vehicle #1 :

42 year old female Battle Creek, Michigan

Driver Vehicle #2:

25 year old female (Deceased) Elkhart, Indiana

Passenger Vehicle #2:

2 month old male (Critical Condition) Elkhart, Indiana

Vehicle #1

2008  Jeep Wrangler

Vehicle #2

2006 Chrysler Pacifica

Fatality Victim Driver #2

25 Year old female Elkhart , Indiana

Injuries to passenger Vehicle #2:

2 Month old male (Critical Condition) son of 25 year old deceased driver

Injuries to Driver #1:

42 year old female  (Stable Condition) sustained multiple injuries

Vehicle Restraints :

Seat belts were used by all and the two month old infant was restrained in a car seat.

Narrative:

Sheriff Daniel E. Abbott reports on 05/25/2018 deputies responded to a report of a two vehicle crash on M51 highway near 89th avenue Decatur Michigan. Upon arrival deputies noted two vehicles involved with heavy damage to both vehicles. Deputies and first responders rendered aid to all involved and the 25 year old driver of the Chrysler Pacifica died of her injuries. The two month old infant passenger and son of the 25 year old deceased driver is currently in critical condition with multiple injuries. The infant was restrained in a car seat.  The 42 year old driver of the Jeep wrangler was also rendered aid and flown by helicopter to the hospital with multiple injuries. 

Preliminary traffic crash investigation shows that the Jeep Wrangler was north bound and the Chrysler Pacifica was south bound M51. The Jeep crossed the center line and both vehicles collided head on. 

Deputies are currently investigating whether or not that alcohol and speed may have been a factor in the crash. 

Names will not be released at this time pending relative notifications.            

This report will be forwarded to the Van Buren County Prosecutors office for review when completed .    

Investigating Deputies:   Deputy Tony Turner, Deputy Greg Gunther

Assisting Agencies:     Decatur Police Department,  Cass County Sheriff's Office, Pride Care Ambulance Service, Decatur-Hamilton Fire Department and West Michigan Air Care.

Supervisor Contact:

Please contact the on duty supervisor at 269-657-3101 or Operations 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 www.vbcsheriff.com and at the top of the homepage follow the directions to submit a tip.

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Charon