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M-91 head-on collision in Turk Lake kills kindergarten teacher

Information provided by the Michigan State Police at the Lakeview Post indicated that a 2007 Chevy Silverado crossed the center line on Michigan Highway 91 and caused a fatal head-on collision with a 2016 GMC Yukon. The Montcalm Township fire chief confirmed that the crash took place near the Turk Lake Restaurant & Bar. The 53-year-old woman driving the Yukon died. Bystanders removed her 19-month-old granddaughter from a car seat in the vehicle's back seat. The girl is expected to recover from her minor injuries.

The fire chief was well acquainted with the female victim and dismayed to see her condition when he arrived at the scene of the accident. Emergency personnel transported the woman to Spectrum Health United Hospital, where she was declared dead. The woman lived in Six Lakes and was a cherished kindergarten teacher in Howard City. Students that she taught earlier in her career were known to request her as the teacher for their children.

The accident also injured the 31-year-old man who was driving the Silverado, but his injuries are not considered life-threatening. His truck had been traveling south at the time of the crash. Police continue to investigate the accident.

Serious car accidents like these can impose financial as well as physical burdens on victims. A person who is hurt in an accident might want to pursue damages from the responsible party to cover his or her medical care and lost income. An attorney could support this process by investigating the accident and identifying the insurance coverage and, perhaps, private assets of the driver. A lawsuit filed by a lawyer could result in a settlement for the victim.

Source: The Daily News, "JUST IN: Tri County kindergarten teacher killed in car crash", Elisabeth Waldon, Oct. 20, 2018

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