A Florida man is believed to have frozen to death and another man is in critical condition after their car got stuck on the side of the road in Grand Junction, about 10 miles west of South Haven.
According to a news release from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called at about 11:30 a.m. Monday to investigate a report of two men sleeping in their car in the 8000 block of County Road 215. Police found a 22-year-old man dead in the driver’s seat, while the man in the passenger seat was alive, but unresponsive. The passenger was transported by Bronson Air Care to Bronson Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.
Authorities believe the Florida men were in Grand Junction visiting friends and drove into a field, where the vehicle they were driving became stuck. The two appeared to try and get the vehicle unstuck from the field but were unsuccessful.
While deputies are still waiting for the medical examiners report, it is believed that the extreme cold played a factor in the death.
Deputies are not sure why help was not sought or why the two men did not leave the vehicle, but it is believed alcohol played a role in this factor.
According to Accuweather, Sunday’s high temperature in Grand Junction reached 14 degrees, with a low of 2 degrees.