St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough has elected to not seek charges against the driver of a vehicle that killed a Sturgis man last month.
McDonough said the accident – on Bogen Road, west of M-66 in Sturgis Township – was unquestionably a tragic event. However, McDonough added, circumstances in the case do not warrant authorization of charges at this time.
Johnny Wood Jr., 22, died after he was struck by a vehicle driven by Don Hirschy, 60, of Sturgis. Even though he was walking in the roadway, Wood was difficult to see, Hirschy told investigators, because he was wearing dark clothes. The incident occurred shortly after 8 p.m. Oct. 20.
State police are investigating a hit-and-run incident during which a sign outside a Sturgis restaurant was damaged.
Troopers were called Monday morning to Hot ‘n’ Now on South Centerville Road after store employees found the drive-thru sign near the business entrance was destroyed.
Investigators said it appears a double-axle vehicle drove over the curb and onto the restaurant property.
The incident occurred between 11:30 p.m. Sunday and 6:45 a.m. Monday.
A 25-year-old Constantine man was injured last week after the vehicle he was driving crashed into a tree in Florence Township.
The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said it fielded a call around 1 a.m. Friday in response to a one-car accident on Sevison Road near Mintdale Road.
Upon arrival, deputies saw a 2007 Ford F-250 crashed into a tree after the northbound vehicle crossed the centerline and went off the roadway. Deputies learned that the vehicle was stolen, though the location of its theft was not disclosed.
The driver was treated at Three Rivers Health.
The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-car collision at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Lockport Township.
According to a department media release, one of two cars going in opposite directions on M-60 near Mahnke Road crossed the center line and collided with the other vehicle.
One of the vehicles rolled several times and the driver had to be extricated from the vehicle. That driver was air lifted to Borgess Hospital after suffering life-threatening injuries.
The other driver was treated at Three Rivers Health.
Additional details about the incident, including names, ages and places of residence of the drivers, were not released, as the collision is being investigated as a criminal matter.
A Florence Township official will have to look for an alternative source of financial help to address a crumbling roadway in his jurisdiction, as he was turned down for assistance by county officials Tuesday.
For the second time in two months, Florence Township Supervisor Gordon Evilsizor asked the commission for consideration to help replace Constantine Road from Dickinson north to Fairchild roads. A cost estimate he shared was $718,000 for rebuilding the roadway through Florence Township.
Evilsizor said the condition of the roadway is dangerous and motorists are forced to drive in the middle to avoid potholes and blemishes along the edges of the road.
Commission Chairman John Dobberten acknowledged the deteriorating condition of county roads in general. For local units to come in and expect the county to pick up the cost of repairs, however, is “unimaginable,” he said, as the county has hundreds of miles of roadways under its jurisdiction.
Dobberteen said he would encourage the county road commission to increase its annual assessment when it is up for renewal next year, or urge local units of government to follow the lead of the city of Sturgis and offer a millage specifically for road repairs.
Troopers from the White Pigeon state police detachment are investigating separate theft incidents reported earlier this month in Fabius and Mottville townships.
In the first case, an 18-foot car-hauler trailer was stolen from a Fabius Township residence in the 14000 block of Gleason Road. The trailer was likely stolen between Oct. 30 and Nov. 1.
Troopers were called last week to the 11000 block of Riverside Drive in Mottville Township, where a utility trailer was reported stolen between Nov. 8 and 15.
The trailer is 5-by-10 feet and has a wood deck.