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John Gerald Teagan
Kazoo Driver Dies, 2 Others Hurt At Decatur DECATUR - A 5S-year-old Kalamazoo man was killed Saturday night when the car he was driving was struck by another auto in a three-vehicle accident on M-M. just .south of CR-JS8. about two mites north of this community. Slate police from the Paw Paw post said Joseph Steve Hapaez. 59. '816 Gibson. Kalamazoa was pronounced 15 Ait* Deaths I* Yarn BÂ«ITÂ« CÂ«Mty ta dead on arrival at Lake View Community hospital at 8:50 p.m. Saturday. Hospital authorities listed the cause of death as a broken neck. The driver of one of the other cars. Cathy Marie Vanderbeek. 19. route 1. Three .Mile Lake trailer park, and Dorothy Jean Rapacz. 53, Rapacz' wife and a passenger in his car. were both in satisfactory condition at Lake View. Mrs. Vanderbeek is under observation for possible head injuries, and Mrs. Rapacz is suffering from fractured ribs, according to hospital authorities. . State police said a car by Mrs. Vanderbeek was beaded south on M-51 about 8:20 when it apparently crossed center line, striking the vehicle, which was northbound, in the driver's side door. T!K impact, polic-e said, caused the Rapae/ car to around, finally'stopping on the east shoulder of the road. that point, according to officers, the car was struck by a driven by John Gerald Teagan. 24. of Troy. Teagan (old police lie was headed north on M-51 when saw the Vanderbeek vehicle cross the center line; and the road to avoid a collision, said he was unuble to slop time to avoid the Rapacz Teagan was not injured police said. Further investigation of the accident has been turned over the Van Buren county persecutor's office, according to police. Rapacz was the 15th person die in a Van Buren county traffic accident this year.