News Release

Fatal Car Crash 9/11/19 5233-19

INCIDENT: 5233-19. 2 vehicle fatal crash

DATE & TIME: 9/11/19 at approximately 8:05 am

LOCATION: The intersection of 64th Ave and 30th St in Antwerp Township, Van Buren County

VICTIM/DRIVER #1: 60 year old man from Lawton, no seatbelt used.

FRONT SEAT PASSENGER VEHICLE #1: 37 year old woman from Lawton, uninjured.

VEHICLE #1: 2002 Toyota Highlander

DRIVER #2: 26 year old woman from Paw Paw, seatbelt was used.

VEHICLE #2: 2010 Chrysler Sebring

ALCOHOL USE: Active investigation ongoing but does not appear to be a factor.

NARRATIVE: Sheriff Daniel E. Abbott reports that a two vehicle crash occurred at the intersection of 64th Ave and 30th St in Antwerp Township. Upon arrival, deputies discovered both vehicles involved in the crash were in the front yard of the house on the northeast corner of the intersection. The driver of the Toyota was found to be unresponsive and first aid efforts including CPR were undertaken immediately. The investigation has determined that the Chrysler was travelling east on 64th Ave and failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection with 30th St which does not have a stop sign for north/south traffic. As a result, The Chrysler struck the left rear quarter panel of the Toyota which caused the Toyota to overturned and the Chrysler spun around and struck a tree. The passenger in the Toyota as well as the driver in the Chrysler did not sustain injuries. Life saving efforts continued for driver #1 by VBEMS crew while on the way to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo however the driver passed away on 9/12/2019 at Bronson. Accident Investigators from both the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office and the Michigan State Police were called to the scene to assist in the investigation. This case remains open pending further information.

INVESTIGATING DEPUTIES: Deputy Jason Stasienko, Deputy Scott Schmitt, Deputy Justin Murphy

ASSISTING AGENCIES: Michigan State Police, VBEMS, Lawton Police Department, Lawton Fire Department and Quick Response

Jim Charon