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Peru boy killed in Friday one-vehicle crash

Peru schools will have grief counselors on hand for students and staff Monday following the death of a student in a Friday car crash.


The Cass County Sheriff’s Department says a single vehicle crash happened about 7 p.m. Friday on Logansport Road east of 48th Street.  Deputies responded with the New Waverly Fire Department, Cass County Emergency Management, Logansport Police, the county  coroner and Cass County Emeregency Medical Services.


A 2011 Kia Sportage went off the roadway and struck a guard rail and several trees.  The rail pierced the vehicle’s engine compartment and exited the roof.


The driver, Michael Bates, 53, of Peru, suffered minor injuries was taken to Logansport Memorial by a friend.  A passenger, Aiden Bates, 12, of Peru, was pronounced dead at the scene.


The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says the road was wet and slushy at the time of the accident. Impaired driving is not believed to be a factor.


The crash remains under investigation.