Man fleeing from police hits vehicle, kills driver


WAYLAND TOWNSHIP., Mich. (WOOD) — A police chase ended in a deadly crash near the Allegan and Barry County line.

The crash happened around 4 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Bass Road and Patterson Road, which is east of the city of Wayland.

The driver of a SUV was speeding behind a police cruiser. The deputy allowed the driver to pass so he could pull over the SUV. The chase started when the driver tried to speed away, according to Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf.

The chase started in Hastings at 37 McCann Road. Then the driver went onto Middleville Road to Adams Road to Cherry Valley Road. Then the SUV turned onto Bass Road, according to Sheriff Dar Leaf

That’s when officials said the SUV didn’t stop at the intersection of Bass Road and Patterson Road and hit a car. The chase went up to speeds as high as 90 mph and was around 5 miles long, according to Sheriff Dar Leaf.

Matthew Nosanov mug shot
Matthew Nosanov mug shot

The driver of the car, a 24-year-old man who was only a few seconds away from his work, died at the scene. His name is not being released at this time as officials notify family members. He is believed to be a migrant worker, Sheriff Leaf said.

The Barry County Sheriff’s Department says the driver of the SUV and suspect of the police chase, 19-year-old Matthew Nosanov, was thrown from the SUV and taken to a Grand Rapids hospital where he was listed in “very serious condition.”

According to Michigan State Police Records, Nosanov has been released from the hospital. The 19-year-old is being charged with 1 count of felony homicide,  1 count of a felony traffic offense, and one count of felony obstructing police. He’s being held in the Barry County Jail awaiting arraignment.

Nosanov has been in trouble with the law before, according to Sheriff Leaf.

The Barry County Sheriff’s Department said they could smell alcohol at the scene and is believed to be a factor in the crash.

Neither driver was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

The deputy, who has been working for 15 years, is being investigated, but is still working, Sheriff Leaf said.

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