(5-12-19) Officers were called to an injury accident on M239 just south of Wilson Rd in New Buffalo Township. Officers found that a Honda CRV crossed the centerline of M239 and struck two vehicles. The first vehicle that was struck, a Nissan Rogue, had minor damage and there were no injuries in this vehicle. The second vehicle, a Toyota Sequoia, was struck head on. Both the CRV and the Sequoia had heavy front end damage.
The driver of the Honda CRV was Sabrina Stewart, 21, of LaPorte, IN. The driver of the Toyota Sequoia was Jose Flores, 40, of Elkhart, IN. Stewart and Flores are both stable and being treated for injuries. There were four passengers in the Toyota Sequoia. One passenger has died from his injuries, and three others are in critical condition. Name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of the family.
The New Buffalo Township Fire Department assisted with extrication of victims from the Toyota Sequoia. All injured were taken to Memorial Hospital in South Bend. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department Accident Investigation Team was called to the scene and are assisting with the investigation. This accident is still under investigation at this time.