Child Struck and Killed by Vehicle during Family Birthday Party in Cass County

MASON TOWNSHIP, MI – A family is mourning the loss of a 2-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a vehicle during a birthday party this past Sunday.

Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke is reporting that a fatal crash occurred on Sunday September 3rd, 2017, at 7:00PM in the 20000 block of Old 205 in Mason Twp.

Deputies reported that the family was having a birthday party at the residence. Betty Utt, 64-years-old,  of Elkhart, Indiana, was pulling into the driveway when the 2-year-old child, identified as Nayla Ryans, also of Elkhart, Indiana,  was struck by the vehicle. The vehicle continued down the driveway running over little Nayla.

Family members began doing CPR until EMS arrived to take over. Nayla Ryans was transported to Memorial Hospital in South Bend by Porter Twp Ambulance where she was pronounced dead.

Betty Utt is cooperating with law enforcement..

Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the crash and the case remains under investigation.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Porter Twp Fire Department, Porter Twp. Ambulance and the Edwardsburg Ambulance Service.

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