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1-year-old dead, 4 others injured in crash in Kalamazoo

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Juliette Tyler remembered hearing a loud boom Friday morning outside her home on North Street. She stepped outside minutes later when she saw lights flashing  everywhere.

“I was wondering what happened,” said Tyler during an interview near her home. “Come to find out it was a tragic accident that a young child got killed.”

Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said a mother driving a minivan with her three children inside — two 1-year-olds and a 2-year-old — collided with a passenger car at the intersection of North and Rose streets around 6 a.m.

“We received more than one report,” said Lt. Rafael Diaz during an interview at police headquarters. “Reports came from passers-by and people in the area.”

He said police immediately tended to the five victims when they arrived. The mother, one of the 2-year-olds and the others driver suffered non-life-threatening injuries. As for the other children, one suffered severe injuries while the other — 1-year-old Dasani Lynn Colbert — didn’t make it.

“An innocent child is gone,” said Tyler holding her infant foster son. “My heart is really going out to the family.”

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