Crash Kills Two; Alcohol and Speed Likely Cause says Fire Chief

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BEDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Kaytlyn Robertson held back tears as she thought of two of her closest friends.

Her former schoolmates,  23-year-old Alex Hanson from Gull Lake and Justin Green from Battle Creek, were in a horrific accident Saturday morning around 6:30, in Bedford Township. That’s near Battle Creek.

“If I determined right now, I’d say it’s between speed and alcohol,” Larry Cochensparger, the township fire chief said.

Cochensparger said he was first on the scene. He said 22 -year-old Cynthia Eckhart lost control coming around a curve on Meachem road. She hit a tree first and then hit another tree before the vehicle came to stop.

It was a single-vehicle accident. Three people were pinned inside.

Hanson, who was a passenger had been ejected and died at the scene. Eckhart died as well.

Green and 19 -year-old Jessie Finch from Hastings were airlifted to Bronson Hospital, in critical condition.

Robertson said Hanson and Green were suppose to hang out with her and husband Saturday, but now all they can do is reflect.

“They’re always outgoing and always wanting to do stuff, outdoors, ride dirt bikes, go disc golfing. He loves to cook,” Robertson said.

“Man, [Alex] would do anything. He’d try anything, try and cook anything,” Justen Robertson said.

“He’s always on his dirt bike riding around and having a good time,” he added.

The two survivors of the single-vehicle crash are in critical condition depending on prayers.

“I hope Justin gets better,” Kaytlyn Robertson said.

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7 comments

  • Scherzerfan

    Why can't people consider the pain their loved ones have to live with before making foolish mistakes? This world would be a much nicer place.

  • Pips

    Just need cars to be limited to 40mph. That'd solve the problem right? Because we all know no one should exercise personal responsibility. WE NEED MORE LAWS AND LESS FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (and no responsibility).

  • Hurting

    Please all before bashing or RUDE comments are made consider us loved ones that are left behind so
    WE can grieve in peace!!!! Alex was my brother in law, my kids uncle and my husbands brother. We loved and love him so much so please consider us in your thoughts first…..and his parents. Thank you.

  • Craig Carling

    I sincerely hope the people involved and still alive are able to pull through, but for the news network to suggest that the only hope they have is 'prayers' doesn't bode too well. I'd be pinning all my hopes on the medical professionals charged with their wellbeing. Prayers = doing nothing but thinking someone better, and that'll never cut it.

    • Prayer Counts

      Prayer isn't 'doing nothing' as you personally believe. People of faith believe in prayer.

      That includes praying for the medical professionals… praying that God guides them as they work. More importantly, praying for God to watch over the injured Himself. Ultimately, His plan is perfect.