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Three Dead in Three-Vehicle Pileup East of South Haven

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One of the vehicles involved in the Nov. 13, 2012 crash in Geneva Twp., MI. (photo courtesy Van Buren Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
One of the vehicles involved in the Nov. 13, 2012 crash in Geneva Twp., MI. (photo courtesy Van Buren Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

SOUTH HAVEN, MI (WHTC) - A three-vehicle pileup east of South Haven last evening killed three persons, hospitalized two more, and will lead to criminal charges.

According to Van Buren County Sheriff’s Deputies, an unnamed 38-year-old Alabama man was attempting to pass a slower car ahead of him on County Road 388 approaching 62nd Street when his westbound pickup slammed head-on into an eastbound car. The force of the collision sent his truck into the slower car.

The driver of the eastbound car, 24-year-old Brittney King of Bangor, was killed instantly, along with two unsecured children in the back seat, four-year-old Cassadi Berryhill and her two-year-old sister Kandice. Her boyfriend, 24-year-old Justin Berryhill of Grand Junction, the father of the youths, along with the truck driver, were hospitalized in stable condition, while the third driver involved, 38-year-old Kathy Fuentes of South Haven, was not hurt.

Deputies say that the truck driver’s license had been suspended, and he allegedly admitted drinking prior to getting behind the wheel. A check of his past driving record shows seven prior drunken driving convictions. The case will be presented to the Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

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