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Woman killed by assault suspect while mowing her lawn

Posted: 11:26 PM, Apr 09, 2017
Updated: 2017-04-12 09:25:34-04

SHERWOOD TWP., Mich- Two people in Branch County are dead following a felonious assault and crash Sunday afternoon.

Around 2:30 pm., police were investigating an assault against a 38-year-old man from Colon. Investigators say the suspect, a 38-year-old male from Sherwood fled the area.

In the process of trying to escape, investigators say he went off Wattles Road near Athens Road and hit 53-year-old Jody Clipfell, who was mowing her lawn, then proceeded to hit a tree.

Both Clipfell and the driver were pronounced dead at the scene. At this time, the driver has not been identified.

Details surrounding the initial assault remain under investigation, but officials say alcohol appears to be a factor.