Father and daughter from St. Joseph County killed in Michigan crash

Photo of crash courtesy of Oceana County Sheriff\'s Office

OCEANA COUNTY, Mich.—A father and daughter from St. Joseph County were killed in a crash on September 10 in Michigan, according to the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to the scene of a crash in Pentwater Township around 9:44 p.m. Tuesday night where a 2013 GMC Yukon driven by 52-year-old Mark Hezlep of South Bend had drifted off the road, into the median and struck a large tree.

Hezlep was transported to a local hospital, where he passed away.

The front seat passenger, Hezlep’s 26-year-old daughter, Casey Emmons, from Lakeville, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Police do not suspect that drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash, but they do suspect fatigue played a role, according to the sheriff’s office.

The incident is still under investigation.

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