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Cause of Fatal US-131 Crash in Plainwell is Drunken Driving


PLAINWELL, MI (WHTC) - Results from toxicology tests indicated that a 29-year-old Portage man was intoxicated when he caused a fiery crash last month on US-131 near Plainwell that killed him and a Plainwell man.

Jeremy Smeltzer’s blood alcohol level was more than two and a half times the legal limt when he went behind the wheel of his pickup on April 15th and drove at full speed northbound in the southbound lanes. South of the M-89 junction, as state troopers sent to intercept him veered out of the way because of the suddenness of his arrival, Smeltzer’s truck slammed head-on into a car driven by 21-year-old Jaryd Ford of Plainwell, killing him instantly, and injuring 26-year-old Megan Covey. Smeltzer was taken to Borgess Medical Center, where he died a short time later.

Civil litigation by the Ford family is reportedly being considered in the case.