Driver charged in fatal crash

The driver of a car who killed a 46-year-old Sturgis man last week faces open murder and other charges.
Police arrested Paul Middling, 36, of Three Rivers, after the car he was driving caused a crash at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of South Centerville Road and South Street in Sturgis.
Middling is charged with open murder, driving under the influence of a controlled substance and parole absconding, according to the county prosecutor’s office.
He is being held on $250,000 bond in the St. Joseph County jail.
The victim, identified by WWMT as Miguel Medina, was driving a van northbound on South Centerville Road when Middling’s vehicle crossed the centerline, hitting the van head-on.
Police said the van was knocked into the southbound lane, where it was struck by a pickup.
Medina’s 10-year-old daughter, who was a passenger in the van, was taken to Sturgis Hospital and later transferred to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.
Middling, a three-time felon who most recently served a prison sentence for felonious assault in 2012, was treated for minor injuries before being taken into custody. He was arraigned Friday.
The driver of the pickup was not injured.

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