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Unlicensed Teen Driver Blamed In Fatal Crash

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LAGRANGE TWP. (WWJ/AP) - Authorities say an unlicensed teenage driver failed to yield at a stop sign in southwestern Michigan, causing a crash that killed another motorist.

The accident happened around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday in LaGrange Township, located about 50 miles southwest of Kalamazoo.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Department said the 15-year-old girl from Eau Claire was driving north on Dailey Road when she failed to stop at a stop sign near Pokagon Highway. The girl’s car then struck a vehicle traveling eastbound, driven by 40-year-old Adam Koppy, of Jones. The collision pushed Koppy’s vehicle into oncoming traffic, where it was struck by another vehicle.

Koppy was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The 15-year-old driver and her 16-year-old passenger weren’t injured. Investigators say the 50-year-old driver in the third vehicle was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Investigators said everybody in all three cars was wearing their seat belts, WSBT reported.

The crash is under investigation. It’s unclear if charges will be presented.

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