Police are providing more information on the rollover accident that occurred Sunday morning near the Berrien County Jail, including the names of those involved in the incident.
From the St. Joseph Department of Public Safety, Steven Neubecker tells us that an autopsy was performed on the deceased individual this morning by the Office of the Medical Examiner, located at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine in Kalamazoo.
Upon completion of the autopsy, it was determined that 23 year old Jhuone Fonder from Benton Harbor died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the traffic crash. It was further determined that he did not sustain any injuries from the previous altercation reported at the Blossom Acres Housing Development.
Injured in the crash were 27 year old Larry Lee Carter of Benton Harbor, 24 year old Lakwanta Griffin of Benton Harbor, and 23 year old Shamar McClure of Benton Township.
Neubecker reports that Lakwanta Griffin was shot in the hip and right arm in the incident at Blossom Acres that preceded the crash outside of the jail complex at Wayne and Port Streets in St. Joseph around 6:30 Sunday morning.
Carter, Griffin, and McClure all sustained non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the altercation at Blossom Acres Housing Development as well as in the traffic crash.
During the initial course of the investigation, it appears as if Jhuone Fonder and Larry Carter were the individuals that were ejected from the vehicle at the time of the crash.
The initial portion of the investigation reveals that Carter was driving the 2019 Ford Fusion at the time of the crash and that the vehicle was traveling above the posted speed limit.
The investigation into the altercation at the Blossom Acres Housing Development is being handled by the Benton Township Police Department.
The investigation into the fatal traffic crash is being handled by the Saint Joseph Department of Public Safety with assistance from the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Crash Reconstruction Team.
Once the investigation is complete, the report will be forwarded to the Berrien County Prosecutor’s Office for review of possible criminal charges.