Police investigating fatal crash in Berrien County

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. – The Michigan State Police Niles Post is investigating a crash that left one person dead Monday and another person seriously injured.

At 8:30 p.m. Monday, troopers were called to the intersection of Shawnee Road and Garr Road in Oronoko Township for reports of an accident.

A black Saturn SUV was traveling northbound on Garr Road and did not stop for a stop sign, reports said.

When the SUV entered the intersection, it hit a red Toyota passenger car that was traveling westbound on Shawnee Road with the right of way, police said.

The driver of the passenger car, 66-year-old Justo Morales from De Kalb, Illinois, was pronounced dead at the scene.

His passenger, a 66-year-old female, suffered severe injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

The driver of the SUV, a 19-year-old from Benton Harbor, and his passenger, a 20-year-old female from Benton Harbor, were taken to a local hospital with no reported injuries.

Drugs are suspected to be a factor regarding the driver of the SUV. He was arrested and taken to the Berrien County Jail pending charges and arraignment.

The driver of the passenger car was not wearing a seatbelt. All other occupants in both vehicles were wearing seatbelts, police said.

This crash is under investigation.

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