Teen killed in Sunday accident in Mason County

UPDATE - MONDAY AM - (AP) - The Mason County sheriff's department says Darius Vanbrook of Lansing died after being hit Sunday morning on U.S. 10 near Ludington.

The department says the boy got out of a vehicle just before he was hit by a pickup truck driven by an off-duty sheriff department corrections officer who apparently didn't see him. The officer was treated at an emergency room before being released.

Undersheriff Thomas Trenner says the boy's hometown initially was reported as the Grand Rapids suburb of Wyoming before authorities determined it was Lansing.

(Steve Begnoche, Ludington Daily News) - A 14-year-old boy from Wyoming, Michigan, ran from behind a van stopped in the center turn lane of U.S. 10 near the Mason County Fairgrounds early Sunday morning and into the path of an eastbound vehicle that, according to the Mason County Sheriff's Office, had no chance of avoiding the boy who died after being struck.

The Michigan State Police have been called in to investigate the accident because the driver of the eastbound pickup is a part-time Mason County Sheriff's Office corrections officer who was on his way home after a shift at the county jail when the accident occurred at 5:40 a.m.

Undersheriff Tom Trenner said this morning it was unclear why the van was stopped in the lane or why the boy had exited from it. The boy's father and another person were in the van at the time.

"We're trying to piece it together," Trenner said.

Ludington police and Pere Marquette Township Fire Department assisted at the scene.


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