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State Police: Man in fatal wrong-way crash on US-131 was 'superdrunk'

ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Michigan State Police confirmed Friday that a 29-year-old man was drunk when he got into a wrong-way crash on US-131 that took both his life and one other, and left a third person hospitalized.

According to a lab report, Jeremy Smeltzer had a blood-alcohol level of .214 percent at the time of the crash in April--more than 2 1/2 times over the legal limit.

That night, Smeltzer collided head-on with a Ford Mustang driven by 21-year-old Jaryd Ford of Plainwell.

Ford was killed instantly. Passenger Megan Covey was hospitalized as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Smeltzer was taken to helicopter to Borgess Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

State Police say Smeltzer hit speeds of 100 miles per hour in his Chevy Silverado before the crash.