BERRIEN SPRINGS — One person is dead after police say the semi he was driving crashed into a passenger vehicle Thursday evening on the St. Joseph Valley Parkway near Berrien Springs in Oronoko Township.
Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township Police Chief Paul Toliver identified the semi driver as David John Schultz, 58, from Eustis, Fla. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Injured were Ronnie Shepley-Minner Sr., 55, and Ronnie Shepley-Minner Jr., 26, both of Mishawaka.
Police said the investigation so far revealed that a Jeep Wrangler towing a trailer was being driven south at about 5:30 p.m. by Ronnie Shepley-Minner Sr. when the southbound semi ran into the trailer and Jeep and both vehicles ran off the road.
The Jeep rolled on its side and slid into several trees, ejecting the front seat passenger, Ronnie Shepley-Minner Jr.
The semi rolled onto its side and also struck several trees, entrapping the driver. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Ronnie Shepley-Minner Jr. was released after treatment at Lakeland Hospital, St. Joseph, and Ronnie Shepley-Minner Sr. was admitted to the hospital for observation, police said.
Toliver said the investigation is continuing by his department and the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Unit, and that more information may be available later.
Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township Police were assisted at the scene by Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township Fire Department, the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police, Michigan 5th District Tactical Rescue Team and Medic 1 ambulance.
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