Driver, passenger killed in crash on Red Arrow Highway identified

VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. -- The names of the 6-year-old girl and 73-year-old woman who were killed in a head-on collision on Red Arrow Highway earlier this month have been identified. The Van Buren County Sheriff's Office released the names on Tuesday, 10 days after the crash.

The driver of a Chevy Equinox who crossed the center lane and hit a Jeep Cherokee head-on was identified as 23-year-old Jose Humberto Canedo of Benton Harbor.

The deceased victims were identified as 73-year-old Mary Ann Fender of Paw Paw and 6-year-old Skylinn Sirenne Salinas.

Humberto Canedo was arrested on a warrant Tuesday for fail to appear for show cause hearing on a charge of operating while intoxicated. He was arraigned Tuesday on the charge and given a cash surety bond of $500,000.

The crash remains under investigation. It will be turned over to the prosecutor's office for possible charges.

Humberto Canedo was driving a Chevy Equinox eastbound on Red Arrow Highway around 2:30 p.m. on January 12 when his vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a Jeep Grand Cherokee head-on, according to the Van Buren County Sheriff's Department.

Humberto Canedo was taken to the hospital in critical condition. There were two passengers in his vehicle. One, a one-year-old male, was transported to Bronson Kalamazoo in critical condition.

The other passenger, Skylinn Sirenne Salinas, 6, was taken to Lakeland Watervliet and was pronounced deceased.

The driver of the Cherokee, 73-year-old Mary Ann Fender, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger, a 57-year-old woman, was taken to Bronson Kalamazoo in critical condition.

Deputies said alcohol was believed to be a factor at the time of the initial release.

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