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Woman killed in two-car collision

On Nov. 30, a 24-year-old Michigan woman was killed in a two-vehicle collision in Bertrand Township. The victim had recently completed an internship with the Grand Rapids Symphony.

According to the Berrien County Sheriff's Office, the woman was driving her Chrysler Sebring off the southbound US-31 bypass at around 11:39 a.m. when she was struck in the driver's door by a pickup truck traveling west on US-12. The collision forced both vehicles into the median and killed the woman, who was a native of Korea and a student at Andrews University in Berrien Springs.

Investigators believe the victim may have pulled in front of the truck, which was driven by a 39-year-old South Bend man, but the crash is still under investigation. Neither driver appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident. Rescue units responding to the scene included the Berrien County Sheriff's Office Traffic Crash Unit, the Pokagon Tribal Police, the Bertrand Township Fire Department, Andrews University Security and a SMACS ambulance crew.

Car accidents cause thousands of serious injuries and deaths across the U.S. each year. These crashes are often caused by distracted drivers, reckless drivers or impaired drivers. When someone is injured in a crash caused by a negligent driver, he or she has the right to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for damages. After filing this type of complaint, the victim might be awarded a settlement that covers medical and rehabilitation costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and other crash-related losses. If a victim dies as the result of a collision, his or her family has the right to pursue compensation in court. An attorney may help file either type of complaint.

Source: FOX 17, "Former GR Symphony intern killed in traffic crash," James Gemmell, 11/30/2018

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