Reynolds Township fatal victim identified


By Cory Smith • Last Updated 9:45 am on Tuesday, July 10, 2012

REYNOLDS TOWNSHIP — A 19-year-old woman who was killed after she was struck by a car Friday morning has been identified as Mariah Coral Kohn of Howard City.

According to Montcalm County Undersheriff Mark Bellinger, the accident occurred around 5:30 a.m. when Kohn was lying down in the road on M-46 near Edgar Road just north of Howard City.

The driver, whose car struck Kohn, had not been drinking and speed was not a factor in the accident.

“We don’t think the driver was at fault in this accident,” Bellinger said. “However, the prosecutor will review the case and ultimately make that decision.”

Lt. Steve Russell said “alcohol and/or drugs may have been a factor” as to why Kohn was lying in the road.

“The investigation is ongoing,” Russell said. “We hope some of that (information) will come from the autopsy. Toxicology reports take a while to come through.”

Witnesses told sheriff’s deputies that Kohn was lying partially in the roadway when the accident occurred.

Another vehicle had narrowly missed striking her and had turned around to come back to check her, but then the second vehicle struck her.

Anyone who may have seen a pedestrian in the area of the M-46 truck stop around 5:30 a.m. is asked to call the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office at (989) 831-7590 or the tip line at (989) 831-7593.

“We think that if she was there for any length of time, someone would have seen her,” Russell said. “But we don’t believe that she was there for any length of time.”

Deputies continue to investigate the accident.

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