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September 13, 2013

Thompsonville man killed in crash

THOMPSONVILLE — One Benzie County resident died and another was critically injured in a two-vehicle accident.

George Cheylava, 90, of Thompsonville, died in the 8 a.m. crash Thursday at the intersection of Springdale and Tomasek roads in Manistee County’s Springdale Township. A second person, Laneah Cheylava, 81, also of Thompsonville, was critically injured.

Manistee County Undersheriff John O’Hagan said in a press release that Laneah Cheylava was driving a minivan north on Tomasek when it collided with a 2002 Ford utility truck headed west on Springdale. The truck was driven by Jamie Smith, 29, of Kewadin.

The press release did not immediately identify what caused the accident; it said Smith was unable to stop for the mini-van as it crossed through the intersection of Springdale Road.

Laneah Cheylava was in critical condition at Munson Medical Center Thursday afternoon.

An investigation into the crash is continuing.

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