Lawton, Michigan man killed after crashing car into church

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By: Jon Zimney jzimney@953mnc.com

A Lawton, Mich. man has died after the car he was driving collided into a church. Van Buren County Sheriff’s deputies were called to M-40 and 64th Avenue, north of Lawton, around 10:15 a.m. on Friday, July 3, where they found a Suburu Forester, which crashed into St. Paul’s Methodist Church.

The driver, David Alan Martin, 73, was traveling north bound on M-40 when he ran off the roadway and drove through a yard just south of 64th Avenue, according to a news release from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office. The vehicle then crossed over 64th Avenue, continued north through the church parking lot, and crashed into the entry way of the church, ripping half of the entrance from the building, according to the news release.

This caused the vehicle to flip on it’s side and subsequently crash into the side of the church.

Martin was taken to Bronson Lake View Hospital where he later died.

The crash remains under investigation.