Man sentenced in traffic crash death

A motorist responsible for the death of a 46-year-old Sturgis man in a traffic crash earlier this year has been sentenced to prison.

St. Joseph County Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman sentenced Paul Michael Middling, 36, of Three Rivers to 20-to-60 years in prison.

Middling was driving when his car struck a van driven by Miguel Medina May 4 near the intersection of South Centerville Road and South Street.

Middling pled guilty to second-degree murder.

Middling was traveling south on South Centerville Road and weaving in and out of traffic at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour when his car crossed the centerline, hitting a van driven by Medina head on, according to authorities.

Police said the van was knocked into the southbound lane where it was struck by a pickup.

St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough said Middling had several controlled substances in his body at the time of the crash, including methamphetamine.

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