Southwestern Michigan police chief dies in vehicle crash

Associated Press

Nashville, Mich. – A southwestern Michigan police chief has died after crashing his vehicle into a tree.

Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Sgt. Craig Schmaltz says 59-year-old Nashville Police Chief Chris Allen Koster died in the crash about 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Richland Township.

Investigators say Koster’s vehicle went off a road and struck a tree. No other passengers were in Koster’s vehicle at the time of the crash, and police say alcohol isn’t believed to have been a factor.

Nashville is a village of about 1,600 people in Barry County.

Nashville Village President Mike Kenyon said Koster was police chief for about five years, running the department of four. Koster was driving to work when his car left the road and he crashed.

Koster spent 27 years with the Allegan County Sheriff's Office, retiring in 2011. He is survived by his wife and two sons, who both have careers in law enforcement, according to the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police.