Michigan State Police are searching for a Coldwater man accused of driving impaired and causing the death of a bicyclist in April.

Law enforcement is searching for a Coldwater man who has evaded capture since a warrant for his arrest was issued on May 25, 2021, for several felony traffic warrants related to an accident that left a 25-year-old Coldwater woman dead.

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Michigan State Police responded to a deadly crash involving a bicyclist in Branch County on April 12, 2021. The crash happened at the intersection of Angola Road and Nye Road, south of Coldwater. A 25-year-old Coldwater woman riding a bike was hit from behind by a truck allegedly driven by 27-year-old Jacob Ward of Coldwater. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

On May 25, the Branch County Prosecutor's Office announced it had charged Ward on several felony charges: 

  • operating while intoxicated causing death
  • reckless driving causing death
  • moving violation causing death
  • use of methamphetamines
  • use of marijuana

Authorities are now asking for the public's help locating Ward. Jacob Ward is described as standing 6 feet and 4 inches tall, weighing approximately 200 pounds, with brown hair, and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on Ward's whereabouts is asked to call 911 or the Michigan State Police at 269-558-0500.

Courtesy of the Michigan State Police
Courtesy of the Michigan State Police

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