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Gobles man dead after Kal-Haven Trail crash
PINE GROVE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The investigation continues into a bizarre crash that killed a West Michigan man.
Van Buren County deputies say Jamie Scott Barber, a 24-year-old man from the Gobles area, was killed sometime overnight when he crashed into a tree while driving illegally on the Kal-Haven Trail.
The badly-mangled Jeep shows the powerful impact that killed a man from the Gobles area. The Van Buren County sheriff's Department says the crash was called in after 8 a.m.
Van Buren deputy Sgt. Daniel Abbott says, "One of our deputies on patrol was flagged down right up the road by passersby stating there was a vehicle wrapped around a tree up here by the Kal-Haven Trail."
Deputies arrived on scene and found the Jeep along the trail at County Road 388 and 29th Street in Pine Grove Township.
Investigators believe the man was driving eastbound on the trail, meant for bikers and pedestrians, when he lost control.
"He ended up flipping over and ended up hitting the tree and pinned him in. Looks like it probably killed him instantly," Abbott says.
Abbott says the driver has been identified as 24-year-old Jamie Scott Barber. "We've dealt with him in the past on different things," Abbott says.
Deputies also found that Barber took the Jeep without the owner's permission. When first responders arrived, the vehicle was cold to the touch, so the crash could have happened several hours before help arrived.
"We'll end up doing a toxicology on him with a blood draw to see if alcohol or drugs were a cause of the accident," Abbott says.