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Victims Names Released In Fatal Cass Co. Crash
Tuesday Jun 05, 2018 1:33pm
Pokagon Township - Cass County, MI

By: Mike Stiles

(photo courtesy of Cass Co. Sheriff's Department)

(POKAGON TOWNSHIP) – Two people are dead and another is in critical condition following a two vehicle crash in Cass County's Pokagon Township.

Sheriff Richard Behnke says the crash happened at 8 PM Saturday. A PT Cruiser, driven by 34 year old Lee Ann Romita Saenz of Mishawaka, Indiana was heading south on M-51, when it crossed the center line near Crystal Springs Street and entered the northbound lane, striking a Chevy Impala driven by 32 year old Phillip Seitenstich of Dowagiac head on.

One of the passengers in the PT Cruiser, 31 year old David Conner of Niles, died from the injuries he sustained in the crash. Also killed in the crash was a back seat passenger in the Seitenstich vehicle, 37 year old Tracy Seitenstich of Dowagiac.

Saenz is in critical condition at South Bend Memorial Hospital. 30 year old Scott Cole of Niles was in the PT Cruiser and taken to St. Joseph Medical Center where he is in serious but stable condition. Another passenger in the vehicle, 33 year old Kennethia Hoyle of Ann Arbor was flown to Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo and is also in serious but stable condition.

Phillip Seitenstich was taken to Borgess Lee Memorial Hospital in Dowagiac for treatment of non life threatening injuries. A passenger in the Seitenstich vehicle, 34 year old Benjamin Meiser of Dowagiac, was also taken to Borgess Lee Memorial Hospital and is in stable condition.

Behnke says seatbelts were worn by some of the occupants. The incident remains under investigation.


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