Fatal crash in Cass Co. Updated: Friday, August 1, 2014 HOWARD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Deputies in Cass County are investigating a fatal crash. It happened around 2:00am on July 25th on Pine Lake Street near Conrad Road in Howard Township. Troopers say that a vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree, bursting into flames. The driver was dead inside the vehicle. An autopsy was performed and the driver has been identified as Ari K. Gillow of Cassopolis.