News Release

Personal Injury Crash 8099-18 12/22/18

Nature of Incident:

One car personal injury accident.

Date & Time:   12/22/2018 at approximately 0246 hours


39th St/76th ave, Decatur Township, Van Buren County, Michigan


19 y/o male from Berrien Springs


20 y/o male from Berrien Springs


Sheriff Daniel E. Abbott reports on the date of 12/22/2018 Van Buren County Deputies and the below assisting agencies were dispatched to the above location on the report of a single vehicle accident with the vehicle on fire. When Deputies arrived, they located the above driver and passenger of the vehicle. The driver was transported to Borgess Lee Memorial Hospital in Dowagiac MI with non-life threatening injures and the passenger was released on the scene with no injuries. It appears the vehicle left the roadway, hit a tree head on and came back into the roadway where it then caught on fire. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident and charges may be sought at a later date after lab results completed.

Investigating Deputies:

Deputy Greg Gunther

Deputy Ryan McFanin

Assisting Agencies

Decatur Police Department

Paw Paw Police Department

Decatur Fire Department

Van Buren EMS

Supervisor Contact:

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