Centreville woman died in Schoolcraft crash

A Centreville woman died over the weekend after the car in which she was a passenger was rear-ended by a vehicle being followed by police.

Kalamazoo County sheriff’s officials said the collision occurred at 3:45 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of South 14th Street and West XY Avenue in Schoolcraft Township.

Investigators said Jamie Jourdan, 50, died after the car she was in was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by 18-year-old Wyatt Hardy, of Vicksburg. Deputies said Hardy’s vehicle was seen in downtown Schoolcraft being driven in a reckless manner.

A Schoolcraft Police patrol officer followed Hady’s vehicle at that point, though sheriff’s investigators said it is unclear whether Hardy was trying to flee from police or he was simply driving at an excessive rate of speed.

Jourdan’s husband, Bill, 44, was seriously injured and is being treated at Bronson Methodist Hospital. Harding was seriously injured and he, too, is being treated at Bronson, according to authorities.

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