News Release

Fatal single car crash 3/21/19 1564-19


Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office

Nature of Incident:

Fatality Single Vehicle Traffic Crash

Date and Time:

03/21/2019 at approximately 12:14 hours


24th avenue west of M40 Hwy, Bloomingdale Township, Van Buren County, State of Michigan

Incident Number:


Deceased Driver:

57-Year-old male resident of Paw Paw, Michigan. Name withheld pending family notification.

Seat Belt:

Not used


Unknown currently.


Sheriff Daniel E. Abbott reports that deputies were dispatched to 24th avenue west of M40 highway in Bloomingdale Township reference a single motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival deputies discovered that a 2000 Chevrolet C1500 pickup was west bound 24th avenue when for unknown reason the driver went off the roadway and struck a tree. The driver was the only occupant of the vehicle and was pronounced deceased on scene. The vehicle crash remains under investigation.

Assisting Agencies:

Michigan State Police, Bloomingdale Fire Department and Life Emergency Medical Services.

Investigating Deputies:

K9 Deputy Scott Schmitt

Sgt Tony Evans

Supervisor Contact:

Please contact 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 and at the top of the homepage follow the directions to submit a tip.

Jim Charon