Area woman dies in two-vehicle crash

Courtesy Photo/Sheriff's Office The scene of Thursday's fatal crash is shown.

CORUNNA — The mother of a pair of Corunna High School students died Thursday in a two-vehicle crash at the corner of Vernon and Lansing roads in Vernon Township.

According to Sheriff’s Lt. Cory Carson, Rebecca Johnson, 48, of Corunna, was killed in the 3:15 p.m. crash when her family’s northbound SUV went through a stop sign and was struck by a westbound cargo van owned by the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Johnson was a front-seat passenger in the SUV. Johnson’s children — a ninth-grader and an 11th-grader, according to an email sent out by Corunna Superintendent John Fattal — also were in the SUV. An unrelated ninth-grade boy also was in the van with the Johnsons.

Fattal identified the driver of the cargo van as D.J. Riley, whose daughter, a fifth-grader, was a passenger.

Carson said all surviving crash victims were transported to area hospitals. He was unsure if any remained hospitalized, but said they all suffered minor injuries.

Carson said all occupants were wearing seatbelts. Neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected to have played a role in the crash.

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