(5-30-12) The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office responded to Bakertown Road just south of Chamberlain Road in Bertrand Township for the report of a single vehicle crash.   Deputies arrived on scene and located a 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer that left the roadway and crashed into several trees. 

The driver, Rebecca Sanderson (48) of South Bend, Indiana was ejected from the vehicle and found unresponsive on the ground near the vehicle.  First Aid was provided until SMCAS Ambulance arrived on scene.   

Sanderson was transported by SMCAS Ambulance to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana where she succumbed to her injuries. 

Speed, alcohol and no seat belt usage appear to all be factors for the crash.  

Deputies were assisted on scene by the Buchanan City Police Department, Michigan State Police, SMCAS Ambulance and Bertrand Township Fire Department. 

This crash remains under investigation by the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office Accident Investigation Unit.