A woman and two young children died after the car in which they were riding collided head-on with a pickup truck driven by an Alabama man with a suspended license who told investigators he had been drinking alcohol, authorities said Wednesday. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department says 24-year-old Brittney Renee King, of Bangor, was trapped in the car she was driving following Tuesday night’s crash in Geneva Township. The pickup also collided with another car on the roadway about 50 miles southwest of Grand Rapids before coming to a stop. King died in the crash along with two of her passengers, 2-year-old Kandice Berryhill and 4-year-old Cassadi Berryhill, both of South Haven, the department said.
When a Van Buren County man gets out of the hospital he’s going to jail.
The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department said 32-year-old Adam Matthews from Bangor is facing several possible charges. Matthews caused a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of County Road 687 and 8th Avenue, just outside of South Haven, Sunday night.
Matthews and four others were still hospitalized Tuesday afternoon.
“The front end was completely demolished on it,” said 72-year-old Roy Nickerson who witnessed the crash. “The inside was demolished and there (were) five kids in it when I got here.”
Police said Matthews was under the influence of alcohol and ran a stop sign at intersection. The vehicle, which police identified as stolen, ran into an oncoming car.
All four passengers were transported to nearby hospitals for their injuries. The passengers were 23-year-old Kenny Little of Grand Junction, 19-year-old Britnee Fowler of Bloomingdale, 18-year-old Breanne Wiacek of Bangor and 15-year-old Paige Thompson of Bangor. Fowler and Thompson were transported by helicopter.
“The girls were trying to crawl out of the car when I got there,” said Nickerson.
“I’ve never seen a person contorted in that sort of position,” said David Wenzel who lives across the street and was the first person to respond. “I knew it was bad.”
Wenzel and his girlfriend Elizabeth Mielke said Thompson appeared to be in the most severe condition. “All I could think of was being a mother and it was horrible,” said Mielke.
Police said Matthews fled from the scene after the accident. A K-9 search was unsuccessful but Matthews was found later Sunday night in Coloma with a different stolen car.
The driver of the second car was uninjured.
A drummer for classic rocker Ted Nugent faces several charges after police in Bangor, Maine, say he was seen driving drunk in a golf cart stolen from a concert venue.
Officers working at Nugent’s Sunday night concert were told that 55-year-old Mick Brown was intoxicated, had stolen the cart and was driving it recklessly on a foot path. Police say when officers tried to stop the cart, Brown sped past them and shoved a security officer. Two security officers then removed Brown from the cart, and he was arrested.
Brown, of Cave Creek, Ariz., was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving to endanger, theft and assault. He was released on $4,000 bail.