The woman who died had been sleeping in the back of the car when the crash happened and was ejected from the vehicle. The driver of the car ran away from the scene of the crash but was later arrested, and only sustained minor injuries. No one in the semi-truck was hurt.
The boy was heading east on Wren Street when he failed to stop at a stop sign and was hit by a car. He was taken to a hospital with critical injuries. Alcohol and speed do not appear to be contributing factors in the crash.
Charles Raymond Kipker died after the vehicle he was driving left the roadway and hit a tree in Coldwater. Kipker was unresponsive when officers arrived on scene. He was transported to Borgess Medical Center where he died.
The 16-year-old girl from Portage turned east on West Melody when she collided with the southbound train around 7 a.m. Wednesday. Witnesses told police the railroad crossing signals were functioning properly when the teen turned into the path of the train.
Cecil was driving the pickup when he struck a riding lawnmower which was in the roadway. He was thrown from the pickup after he hit a tree and rolled over. He was hospitalized and later died from his injuries. The man on the riding lawnmower suffered minor injuries.
The driver of the grader did not see the man, and called the incident a “horrible accident.” Dougherty was described as a hard worker with a positive attitude. “He had such enthusiasm for his work. Whenever I came in contact with Tim, you could tell he loved his work.