News Release

Single Vehicle Personal Injury Crash 7/31/19 4360-19

Nature of Incident:

Single vehicle personal injury crash

Incident #:


Date & Time:

Wednesday July 31, 2019 at approximately 19:49 hours.


63000 block of 16th avenue Bangor Michigan, Geneva Township, Van Buren County


2000 Chevrolet pickup


62-year-old male, Rodney Abbott from Bangor, Michigan, Van Buren County.


Sheriff Daniel E Abbott reports that on 07/31/2019 at approximately 19:49 hours deputies were dispatched to the 63000 block of 16th avenue in Geneva township reference a single vehicle crash. Upon arrival deputies discovered the driver and only occupant who was not wearing a seat belt was ejected from the vehicle. The driver was later air lifted to Bronson hospital in Kalamazoo in critical condition. A traffic investigation was conducted and determined the truck was eastbound on 16th avenue and while attempting to pass another vehicle, the truck left the roadway and struck a tree and rolled over. The traffic crash continues to be investigated.



Investigating Agency

Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office

Assisting Agencies:

South Haven Area Emergency Services

Supervisor Contact:

Contact the On-Duty Sergeant or Lt Jim Charon


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