Pokagon Tribal Police Involved in Berrien County Fatal Crash

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BAINBRIDGE TOWNSHIP, MI – On Sunday, September 16, 2018 at approximately 3:27 PM the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office along with several area police and fire agencies responded to a fatal car crash on M-140 at Territorial Road in Bainbridge Township.

The crash involved two vehicles, one being a Pokagon Tribal Police Department Ford Utility patrol car and the other a Lincoln passenger car. The Pokagon Tribal Officers were southbound on M-140 responding code to a priority call of a domestic violence incident in Silver Creek Township when the driver of the Lincoln failed to yield at the stop sign while traveling westbound on Territorial Road. The driver of the Lincoln was a 69 year old female who was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Pokagon Tribal Police car was transported by Pride Care Ambulance to Lakeland Hospital in St.

Joseph. The passenger was transported from the scene by Memorial Med Flight to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana. Evidence at the scene indicates that both Pokagon Tribal Officers and the driver of the Lincoln passenger car were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash. There is no evidence that weather conditions or any vision obstruction played a part in this crash.

The crash remains under investigation at this time and names of individuals involved will be released at a later time. This is a tragic incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of each of the victims.

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