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Teenager Killed in Kalamazoo County Crash

A teenager was killed in an accident that happened in Kalamazoo County.

Details about the Fatal Accident

WZZM News is reporting that the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene of a fatal accident that happened in the Comstock Township on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the sheriff’s department, James Brown was driving a gold Chevrolet Malibu heading south on Sprinkle Road and was attempting to turn east onto East Michigan Avenue. Brown failed to yield the right of way to a Chevrolet Canyon that was heading north and was being driven by Nicholas Topp.

As a result of the accident, 18-year-old Cassi Stephens was taken to the hospital to be treated for her injuries where she was pronounced dead. Brown was also taken to the hospital where he currently remains in stable condition.

Two of the other people involved in the accident were treated and then released.

An investigation into the accident remains ongoing at this time.

Important Information about Teenage Drivers

According to data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of teenagers involved in motor vehicle accidents every year in the United States:

  • In 2014, there were a total of 2,626 teenagers who were killed in motor vehicle accidents in the United States.
  • Two out of every three teenagers killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2014 were males.
  • Risk for crashes is highest amongst 16-17 year olds in the United States.

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