COLDWATER, MI (WTVB)- An autopsy will be conducted as Branch County authorities continue to investigate yesterday’s single car crash in Coldwater Township that took the life of a 70-year old woman. Killed in the accident was Dorothy Barker of Coldwater, the driver and only occupant of the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene north of the city of Coldwater. Sheriff’s deputies reported that alcohol was not a factor and that Barker was wearing her safety belt.
Deputies said Barker was driving south on Union City Road and wasn’t able to negotiate the curve at North Lake Drive, going off the roadway and striking a tree, causing her to be pinned in the wreckage. The accident occurred around 9:45 a.m. Wednesday.