On 4/7/19 notifications were made to family members regarding the victim in this incident. The female was identified as Venice Spears 36 yrs old out of Chicago, IL. The individuals in the Ford F-250 have been identified as the driver Walter Stone 67 yrs old and the passenger Margaret Toohey 69 yrs old out of Manitowac, Wi. Stone and Toohey were treated at the scene for their injuries and released on scene. The investigation is still ongoing at this time.
(April 7, 2019) Berrien County Sheriff Officers responded to an unknown injury accident on I-94 Eastbound in Lake Township at 2:35am . Upon arrival, they found that a female driving a Chevy Sonic was struck from the rear by a Ford F-250 pickup truck pulling a camper trailer. The female driver was found unconscious with no pulse. Rescue efforts were conducted however the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. Investigators learned from witnesses that the Sonic had stopped in the right lane for an unknown reason. The driver of the Ford truck, from Manitowoc, Wi was travelling behind the witness vehicle and saw that vehicle swerve to avoid hitting the Sonic and could not swerve in time and struck the Sonic from the rear causing both vehicles to become locked together sliding off the roadway into the cable barriers.
The investigation is being conducted by the Berrien County sheriff’s Accident reconstruction unit. It is not know at this time why the female stopped in the travel lane of the interstate. Names of all parties are being withheld until family can be notified. It is unknown if drugs/alcohol are involved. The victim was transported to WMED in Kalamazoo where an autopsy will be done to determine cause of death and obtain toxicology reports. The victim is from the Chicago, Il area.