MI - An 18-year-old woman from Chicago died after being hit by a car early Thursday near South Haven, the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office said.
Ayala Shulman A''H was walking on 68th Street about a half-mile south of County Road 388 in Geneva Township at about 12:11 a.m. when she was struck by a 2002 Toyota Camry driven by Charles Carrigan, 18, of Kalamazoo, according to a news release.
“During the investigation it was determined that the driver was traveling south on 68th Street attempting to locate M-43 Highway by using his GPS when he swerved to miss another pedestrian walking near the edge of the road with the victim,” the news release said.
"As the driver swerved, his vehicle struck the victim, who was walking in the road near the center line."
Shulman was treated at the scene by South Haven Area Emergency Services, transported to South Haven Community Hospital then airlifted to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, according to the news release.
The sheriff's office said a witness told them he saw two females walking down 68th Street in the southbound lane and saw Shulman jump into the next lane and then back into the southbound lane, where she was hit.
“At the time and location of the crash there was patchy fog,” the news release said. “The road was not illuminated by any street lamps and the victim pedestrian was wearing black clothing.”
Police said that speed and alcohol were not factors in the incident. Carrigan told deputies he was driving about 35 to 40 mph in the 55-mph zone and accident reconstructionists confirmed that Carrigan was driving about 39 mph, the news release said.
A report will be submitted to the county prosecutor upon completion of the investigation to determine whether charges will be authorized, the sheriff's office said.
She is the daughter of Rabbi and Mrs. Ari and Reva Shulman of Chicago.
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