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Woman killed when wheel comes off SUV, truck swerves to avoid it and hits her car

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Posted at 10:23 AM, Jun 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-29 10:23:07-04

MENDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A woman driving a car was killed when a strange sequence of events led a truck to swerve into her lane and hit her car.

Events unfolded around 11:40 a.m. Friday with a wheel coming off a Jeep Wrangler southbound on Silver Street near Hampton Road near Portage Lake in St. Joseph County south of Vicksburg. The wheel rolled into the northbound lane. The driver of a northbound box truck swerved into the southbound lane to avoid the wheel and struck a car driven by a woman.

The woman driver, Julie Renee Zimmerman, 21, of Sturgis, died at the scene. The driver of the Jeep was unhurt; the driver of the box truck was treated at the scene and released.