Infant dies in crash on US-31 bypass in Niles

Published 7:02 am Thursday, September 17, 2015

A 10-month-old boy died and five others were injured in a two-car crash on the US-31 Bypass just south of US-12 in Niles Wednesday afternoon.

Below is a press release from the Michigan State Police:

Troopers from the Michigan State Police, Niles Post, are investigating a fatal two-car crash which occurred on southbound US-31 Bypass (St. Joseph Valley Parkway), south of US-12, on Wednesday at approximately 4:07 p.m.

A vehicle driven by Tagila Williams, a 22-year-old female from Benton Harbor, was southbound on US-31 and had stopped in the left lane of travel on the freeway after running over a plastic bucket. A second vehicle driven by Alayna Rishaug, a 19-year-old female from New Carlisle, Indiana, was also southbound in the left lane of the freeway and crashed into the rear of the first vehicle, when the first vehicle stopped on the freeway. Rishaug was wearing a seatbelt and suffered minor injury.

There were four passengers (all from Benton Harbor) in the car driven by Williams. Elaine Anderson, a 23-year-old female, and four boys, 7-year-old Kahaylen Young, 6-year-old Kameron Williams, 5-year-old Jacaryona Parnell, and 10-month-old Jamando Guidry.

Tagila Williams and Jacaryona Parnell suffered severe injuries. Kahaylen Young and Kameron Williams suffered moderate injuries. These four were transported by ambulance to South Bend Memorial Hospital. The infant, Jamando Guidry, was airlifted with critical injuries to Bronson Hospital, Kalamazoo, where he later succumbed to injuries and passed away at the hospital.

The crash investigation is ongoing.

Assisting agencies include: Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, Bertrand Township Fire., Niles Township Fire, SMCAS Ambulance, and West Michigan Aircare.