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Texas Twp. crash called second suicide attempt involving vehicle in 2 days
TEXAS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - New information in a crash in Texas Township that destroyed a building dating back to the early 1900's.
The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office confirms this is the second suicide attempt involving a vehicle in the last two days.
Monday night, Tyler Burd, a student from Otsego High School died after crashing his truck in Alamo Township.
Then this crash happened around 10:30 Tuesday night near the corner of 8th street and Texas Drive.
The driver, a 20-year-old woman from Grand Rapids did survive with non-life threatening injuries.
Wednesday, Bill Schultz was assessing the tremendous damage of this building he bought back in January.
"Structurally, they had some really good lumber back then didn't they?" said Bill Schultz of Schultz Fruitridge Farms.
Rumor has it, the annex building was built in 1895 and Schultz tells us it was the first Texas Township Hall, then used as a hair salon, preschool, yoga center and church office.
But now, "There's no saving it. Its got structural damage to the foundation and the floor, and of course there are two walls missing if you haven't noticed. I think the roof is what's keeping it up," said Schultz.
Schultz just spent more than $10,000 replacing the roof on the building.
He was going to use it as a banquet hall for the microbrewery he's building at the old church right next door.
"Two years ago we had a brainstorm to make hard cider out of our apple cider and market it," said Schultz.
Texas Township Fire Officials tell us the driver went off the curve and hit a large boulder in the weeds.
The impact caused the car to go airborne and flip several times as it crashed through the building, finally ending on its side next to a dumpster.
When Fire Chief Michael Corfman responded to the crash, he thought the structure was on the verge of collapsing.
"We thought at the time it might be, but being that it was built quite a long time ago when buildings were built sturdy, it stood up. It was still there, it was creaking a little bit, but it didn't come down," said Fire Chief Corfman.
But soon it will come down. Schultz says his plan is to demolish what's left and use the space as more parking for his microbrewery.
Schultz tells us despite the damage, he's expecting this won't delay his plans of opening his microbrewery in the next six months.