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Teen charged in fatal accident

Jari Morris

Jari Morris, of Cedar Springs, died in September after another vehicle hit hers head-on.

A 16-year-old Rockford High School student has been charged with negligent homicide in the September death of a Cedar Springs woman.

According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Jari Morris, 56, was driving a 2007 Buick Lucerne east on Cannonsburg Road in Plainfield Township about 9 a.m. September 8, when she was hit head-on by a 2004 Dodge Durango traveling west on Cannonsburg near Chauncey Avenue.  Mark Schwanzl, 16, of Rockford, the driver of the Durango, reportedly didn’t make the curve and wandered over the center line, causing the collision.

The student was charged in juvenile court with negligent homicide. According to the prosecutor’s office, negligent homicide does not usually result in jail time, but penalties could include probation, community service and restitution.

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