Victim in deadly hit-and-run crash in Berrien County identified

One person was killed in an apparent hit-and-run collision in Berrien County.

Officers were sent to the two-vehicle crash on Scottdale Road near Rockey Weed Road in Royalton Township around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, according to Lt. Steve Campbell with the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office.

A 1998 Buick was traveling north on Scottdale Road with two passengers and a 1999 Honda was south traveling in the opposite lane when the two vehicles collided, Campbell stated.

The driver of the Buick, Jason Ransom, 36, of Niles Mich., was pronounced dead on the scene.

The driver of the 1999 Honda who left the scene has been identified and a report will be sent to the prosecutor for review. A second person in the Honda also took off from the scene, Campbell stated.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor, Campbell stated. The Berrien County accident investigation team and detective bureau are investigating the crash.

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