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Fatal crash in Cass County

A Niles man died on icy roads earlier this week in Cass County’s Milton Township.

Sheriff Richard Behnke said deputies were called to a three-car accident shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. 12 near Frantz Drive.

Investigators said Ryon Koth, a 31-year-old Niles resident, was driving east on U.S. 12 when he lost control of his vehicle. It crossed into oncoming traffic and was struck by a westbound car driven by 35-year-old Niles resident Samantha Meyer. Her car was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Victoria Mallard, 26, of South Bend.

Koth and Mallard were transported to South Bend Memorial Hospital. Meyer was not injured.

A passenger in Koth’s vehicle, Joseph Johnson, 52, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

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