05-31-2018 Police Reports

Police Reports

By Annette Christie Holiday accidents are up The Michigan State Police have released the preliminary reports which indicate that there was an increase in accidents this Memorial Day weekend. Reports show that 15 people lost their lives in 11 separate traffic crashes during the 2018 Memorial Day holiday weekend. In comparison, 10 people were killed in 10 traffic crashes during the 2017 Memorial Day holiday weekend. Of the 11 deadly crashes: restraints were not used in one and it is unknown in four; alcohol use was a known factor in two of the deadly crashes; five involved motorcycles; a helmet was worn in two and it is unknown if a helmet was used in three; and one victim was a pedestrian. “These numbers are preliminary and only reflect those fatalities reported to the Michigan State Police as of 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 29,” stated Spl/F/Lt. Jim Flegel, MSP traffic safety specialist. “We continue to urge motorists to always use proper restraints and to make responsible driving decisions. Never operate a vehicle while impaired on alcohol or drugs and avoid all distractions.” The 2018 Memorial Day holiday weekend ran from 6 p.m. on Friday, May 25, through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 28, 2018. Semi driver texting causes rollover The Michigan State Police (MSP) is currently investigating a two-vehicle crash on northbound US-131 near D Avenue. The crash occurred at approximately 1:45 p.m. when a semi struck a Chevy Malibu that was re-entering the roadway after making a stop along the shoulder. After broadsiding the passenger car, the semi driver lost control of his truck, causing it to roll over. The semi driver from Freemont, Michigan was transported to Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo with minor injuries. The driver and passenger of the Chevy Malibu sought treatment for minor injuries at Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids. Investigation of the crash showed that the driver of the semi was texting on his mobile device at the time of the crash and was cited for this infraction. The Michigan State Police reminds drivers to always exercise extra care while driving on holiday weekends and to never text and drive.