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December 9, 2009

Driver in fatal car crash north of Three Rivers early last month dies

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Written by: Bruce Snook
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Nineteen-year-old Kevin Glass of Three Rivers has died as the result of injuries he sustained in the November 3rd crash of the car he was driving on Buckhorn Road north of Three Rivers.

A passenger in the car, 19-year-old Keriann Mclain of Three Rivers, was killed in the crash.

In a news release issued Wednesday morning (December 9th), St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough reported that Glass “passed away this morning at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.”

McDonough said, “I was saddened by the news this morning.  Kevin and Keriann were young people with tremendous potential and long lives ahead of them.  This is a shining example of how alcohol, youthfulness, and careless driving can create a very tragic outcome.”

McDonough said, “It is extremely sad that one poor decision by Mr. Glass ended up killing two young people.  I hope this serves as an example to all young men and women in this county that underage drinking and driving can have grave consequences.”

McDonough added, “My thoughts and prayers go out to the Glass family, the Mclain family, and all of those whose lives were touched by these two young people.”

McDonough said, “The investigation into who supplied the alcohol is ongoing and when it is resolved will be taken very seriously.  Underage drinking is a problem in our county and those who choose to supply alcohol to minors or a place for minors to consume alcohol will be prosecuted for their actions.”

McDonough concluded his statement by saying, “This is a tragedy and I must reiterate that there was absolutely nothing that police could have done to prevent this from happening.”

In an earlier statement, McDonough said that, “Just before midnight on November 3, 2009, Three Rivers Police attempted to stop a 1989 Ford Mustang for a traffic violation.  Immediately after activating the overhead lights of the patrol car, the Mustang ignored a stop sign and turned north onto Buckhorn Rd.  The Mustang then accelerated and disappeared from police view.  After a short pursuit the car crashed into a tree and was discovered by police just outside the city of Three Rivers.”


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