UPDATE: Names released of victims in fatal Jackson County car crash

Posted at 7:21 AM, Sep 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 11:55:04-04

The victims in this crash have been identified and notification has been made to the family. The deceased are Autumn Coffey, a 26-year-old woman from Pleasant Lake; 4-year-old Kahlan Jones; and 1-year-old Eli Jones also from Pleasant Lake who were the children of Ms. Coffey.

The driver of the pickup truck has also been identified as Benjamin Prater, a 39-year-old man from Concord. Evidence at the scene indicates that Mr. Prater was not at fault and was wearing his seatbelt.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Investigators are attempting to determine if the children in the vehicle had been properly secured along with any other factors that contributed to the crash.

Three people are dead after an horrific crash in Jackson County Thursday afternoon. The accident happened at the intersection of McCain and Dearing Roads.

A woman age 26, and her two small children died. Jackson County Sheriff Steve Rand says the mother ran a stop sign while driving east on McCain Road. Her SUV was struck by the driver of a Ford truck traveling southbound on Dearing Road. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Her 4-year old daughter died in the ambulance while on the way to Henry Ford Allegiance hospital. The woman's other child, a 1-year old boy, arrived at the hospital in critical condition. He died at the hospital a little while later. The truck driver was not seriously injured.

The Sheriff's Office is expected to release the identity of the victims soon. There has been an outpouring of support for the family of the victims on social media.

The crash is still under investigation. First Responders say the intersection where the crash happened is dangerous. Several accidents have happened there. Authorities say the problem is drivers have a limited line of sight down Dearing Road.