Name Is Released Of Hartford Teenage Driver Who Died In SUV Crash Early Sunday

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The Van Buren County Sheriff's Department has released the name of a teenage driver who died in a one-vehicle accident shortly after midnight Sunday in Van Buren County.

Two passengers also were injured.

On Monday night, the Van Buren County Sheriff's Department identified the dead driver as Tiffany Nicole-Sue Williams, 18, of Hartford.

At 12:46 a.m. Sunday, sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a one-vehicle personal injury crash on 34th Avenue east of 68th Street in Bangor Township. Upon arriving at the scene deputies found a 2002 Jeep Liberty in a field off the roadway with a female lying next to the vehicle. That female -- Williams -- was unresponsive and not breathing.

Williams was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS. She was later discovered to be the SUV's driver at the time of the accident.

The vehicle's two passengers suffered injuries. A front-seat passenger -- an 18-year-old female from Hartford -- was transported to South Haven Community Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening-injuries while a rear-seat passenger -- a 27-year-old Bangor Township man -- sustained minor injuries and declined medical treatment at the scene.

Deputies said alcohol and speed were believed to be contributing factors in the crash.

Michigan State Police, the Bangor Police Department, the Bangor Fire Department and Coloma EMS assisted at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation by the Van Buren County Sheriff's Department.

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