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Vehicle Crashes Into Royal Oak Home and Driver Is Killed

Vehicle Crashes Into Royal Oak Home and Driver Is Killed

In a somewhat rare occurrence, a vehicle traveling in Royal Oak crashed into a home around 8PM on Sunday night.  The driver was a 69 year old man and had been seen driving erratically before his car struck the home.  A Royal Oak press release provided by the Royal Oak Police said that emergency paramedics and police arrived at the home near Lloyd and Woodland.  The homeowner reported the crash by calling 911.

The vehicle was flipped onto it’s side when authorities arrive and they attempted to free the man from the vehicle.  Hitting a home without icy conditions is not a very common thing and Police believe the man had a medical emergency while driving causing him to lose control of the car.  A witness also provided a statement that the vehicle displayed signs of erratic or reckless driver prior to striking the home.  The 69 year old driver was immediately take to Beaumont hospital, but unfortunately he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Luckily, the home sustained minimal damage and everyone who was inside the home avoided any type of injury.  Things could have gone much worse.  Authorities are still investigating the accident to determine the exact cause and any other witnesses or people with information are being asked to contact the Royal Oak Police Department.  Once the cause of the crash is determined, we will provide you with an update to this story.

Post Author: Betsy Cavendish

Michigan State Trooper Struck By Vehicle During Accident Investigation

Michigan State Trooper Struck By Vehicle During Accident Investigation

A scary incident occurred on Interstate 94 on Battle Creek Saturday morning.  Michigan State Police was at the scene of another vehicle accident when icy conditions contributed to another vehicle slamming into the back of a State Trooper vehicle.  It occurred just after 4am near the 92 mile marker just outside of Battle Creek.  The trooper was investigation a crash which occurred on the Eastbound Highway.  Conditions were slick and another car behind the crash scene lost control and hit the cable barrier which runs alongside the highway.

If you have never seen a car strike a cable barrier, it can be a very scary experience.  I was driving on this very same stretch of highway near Kalamazoo last summer when a vehicle just ahead of me lost control and struck the cable.  The car was torn to shreds and ended up bouncing back onto the highway.  I was extremely fortunate to avoid the crash and flying debris.

When the vehicle struck the Police Officer’s patrol car, it bounced back into the travel lane and then was clipped by a semi-truck.  It was confirmed the driver who lost control and hit the cable was a 30 year old woman from Galesburg, Michigan.  She was transported to a hospital in Kalamazoo and suffered only minor injuries.  The semi-truck driver was from a 67 year old male from Jackson, MI and reported no injuries.  The Michigan State Police officer was taken to Bronson Battle Creek Hospital and reported only minor injuries.  This entire incident in currently under investigation, but everyone is fortunate that injuries appear to be only minor in nature.

Michigan State Police Troopers worked with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department, The Battle Creek Police Department for assistance.

Post Author: Betsy Cavendish

Newaygo Car Crash Results in 1 Death and 4 Others Injured

Newaygo Car Crash Results in 1 Death and 4 Others Injured

Newaygo County Police Officers were the first responders to serious car accident at East Baseline Road and South Elm Avenue around 1:30 Pm yesterday.  The collision involved a pick-up truck and an SUV.  The truck was traveling South on South Elm Avenue and failed to stop at the intersection of East Baseline Road resulting in the collision of the sport utility vehicle which was traveling East.

The SUV that was hit had 5 people in the vehicle. The driver was a 27 year old woman from New Era, Michigan and the four passengers were comprised of 1 adult and three children.  The adult (29 year old male) and oldest child (7 year old girl) were both from Shelby, Michigan and were transported to Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids.  The youngest 2 passengers seemed to be in much more danger.  The 5 year old boy required an airlift to the hopsital and the youngest (2 year old girl) was unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene as a result of sustained injuries.

The driver of the pick up truck which failed to stop at the intersection and the other passenger (a 14 year old boy) did not sustain any injuries and walked away. This tragic accident is still being investigated by the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office.  It seems pretty clear that the driver of the pick up was 100% at fault since he failed to stop at the intersection, but accident reconstructions have not confirmed this as of yet.  Police did release the information that they don’t believe drugs or alcohol appeared to play any factor into this accident.  If you or someone you know is a witness to this accident, please call the Newaygo Country Sherriff’s Office immediately.  We will be sure to keep you updated with the results of the investigations and any criminal charges that might be brought to the at-fault party.

Post Author: Betsy Cavendish

Fatality in Semi-Truck Crash on Interstate 94 Near 10 Mile Road

Fatality in Semi-Truck Crash on Interstate 94 Near 10 Mile Road

A multi-vehicle accident which included three vehicles and a semi-truck has resulted in the death of 1 person on 3-7-2019 between 1 and 2pm local time.  According to the Michigan State Police, traffic become slow and the driver of the Truck was traveling at a high rate of speed and unable to stop.  This caused the Semi-Truck to rear end a Ford Taurus.  The driver inside (later identified as Denise Bonner-Vaughn) the Ford Taurus was killed instantly upon impact.

After rear-ending the vehicle, the Semi-Truck rolled over and crashed on top of two other vehicles (a Chysler Mini-Van and a Cadillac SUV).  Luckily the people inside of the other 2 vehicles only reported minor injuries.  The driver of the semi also only sustained minor injuries.  Even though authorities don’t know how, a 4th vehicle was discovered to also be involved and only sustained minor injuries.  Westbound Interstate 94 was closed for hours to conduct investigations and clean up all the debris.  This was a very scary accident scene and everyone who witnessed the event was clearly shaken by what transpired.

Miraculously, the driver of the Chrysler Mini-Van which was crushed and everyone assumed was the fatality simply walked away with only minor cuts and bruises.   The investigation is still ongoing, but it’s clear that the semi-truck was at fault and traveling way too fast for conditions.  He did not leave the proper space to slow down and avoid the cars ahead of him.  Michigan State Police Officer Mike Shaw stated “stop driving so fast.  Whoever was driving that semi is responsible for this accident.  In Michigan, you’re required to maintain your vehicle at a safe and proper speed that you don’t run into the person in front of you, and that’s going to be the cause of this crash.”

 

Post Author: Betsy Cavendish

Single Car Crash On Interstate 75 In Troy Results in Fatality

Single Car Crash On Interstate 75 In Troy Results in Fatality

At about 4a.m. Wednesday there was a single car accident on I-75 in Troy.  Troy police are still investigating the scene and confirmed that no other cars were involved in the crash and there were no passengers.  We are being told that the driver is Joseph Adam Zelinski of Rochester Hills.  He lost control of the vehicle while on the exit ramp and his car struck a light pole.  He was headed from a long shift at work.  The City of Troy Fire Department was the first responders to the scene and was extracted from the vehicle.  he was pronounced dead while at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.

The ramp where the accident on I-75 occurred was shut down for roughly two hours so the authorities could conduct a thorough investigation.  They are still looking at possible reasons as to why the crash occured, but it’s important to note there were numerous accidents in Michigan yesterday morning indication that slippery conditions played a major factor.  There was a fresh 1/2 inch of snow and temperatures plummeted causing a very thin sheet of ice that was hard to see.  If you or someone you know has information regarding this tragic accident, the Troy Police Department Traffic Safety Unit would like to hear from you.  Please call them at (248) 524-3477 to give your account.

We will keep you updated if anything else emerges from this story.  Our condolences and prayers go out to his family during this extremely difficult time.

Post Author: Betsy Cavendish

Intoxicated Driver Charged With The Death of His Wife in Waterford Crash

Intoxicated Driver Charged With The Death of His Wife in Waterford Crash

Michael Blakemen, a 35 year old male took the wheel of his vehicle intoxicated with his wife as a passenger.  The vehicle hit numerous utility poles along with rear-ending another vehicle while traveling at a high rate of speed near the West Side of Detroit.  His wife, Angelina Melnikova-Blakeman who was 32 years old, was transported immediately to a local hospital, but was unable to survive her severe injuries sustained from the crash.  She was declared dead at the hospital.

Michael Blakeman is facing 2nd Degree murder charges for driving intoxicated and recklessly.  Blakeman also suffered injuries from the accident, but survived.  His preliminary examination is set for March 15, 2019 and his bond has been set at $1,000,000.  Second degree murder are very serious charges in Michigan.  According to penal code 750.317 in Michigan, “all other kinds of murder shall be murder of the second degree, and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for life, or any term of years, in the discretion of the court trying the same.”  Essentially he is facing life in prison if convicted. 

There is still not a lot information available, but this is normal for anyone who will facing criminal charges. Information is withheld by both attorneys to give them the best chance at trial.  Everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but it seems there is already a large amount of evidence pointing to his reckless and deadly actions.  Once the trial begins, we will keep you updated and try to give you more details into how this whole incident occurred.

 

Post Author: Betsy Cavendish

UPDATE - Victims Killed in Kalamazoo Amtrak Train Crash Identified

UPDATE – Victims Killed in Kalamazoo Amtrak Train Crash Identified

This is an update to the news story we posted just a few days ago regarding the 3 Fatalities Resulting From Train Collision in Kalamazoo County.  The victims names are Jarmaine Brown (20 years old), Marcionna Edwards (19 years old), and Jordan Brooks (18 years old).  All threw lived nearby in Kalamazoo.

No passengers on the Amtrak Train were hurt as a result of the accident.  Michigan State Police is still conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the crash.  They are looking to see if the flashing lights and crossing gates were operational and working at the time of the accident.  The investigators are eagerly awaiting video surveillance from the front of the Amtrak Train which will be the most helpful piece of evidence to determine exactly how this tragedy occurred.  Michigan State Police Officer Ryan Schoonveld stated they have already gained alot more information about how the crash happened and expect to release that and additional information later this week.

Just 4 years ago there was a similar tragedy that has spooky similarities.  On November 18 of 2014, 3 individuals were killed at the exact same train crossing while driving a mini-van.  In this paticular case, the driver went around vehicles that were stopped for the train and collided with an Amtrak Train.  The van was pushed forward for nearly a mile before the train was able to come to a stop.  We don’t know how similar these 2 incidents are until the State Police releases more information later this week.  You can be sure that we will provide you with another update and possibly get ahold of that video surveillance.  Remember to drive extra cautious at Train Crossings!!!!

Post Author: Betsy Cavendish

Single Car Crash in Oakland County Results in Death According To Michigan State Police

Single Car Crash in Oakland County Results in Death According To Michigan State Police

Last night at around 830 p.m. local time, there was a single car accident in Oakland County.  The crash occurred on Grange Hall Road and Foxwood Trail which is located in Groveland Township.  Michigan State Police Officers were the first responders to the scene and for once actually provided some good information.

Their preliminary crash investigation found that the driver was traveling in a 2003 Chevrolet at a high rate of speed on Grange Hall Road.  The driver then lost control at the intersection of Foxwood Trail and this resulted in the vehicle falling off the road and hitting a large tree.  There were 2 people in the car at the time of the crash.  One of the individuals has been transported to Genysis Hospital in Flint.  Unfortunately, the other individual was dead at the scene and trapped inside of the vehicle.  The Groveland Fire Department is currently trying to extract the body from the wreckage.

Michigan State Police stated that the individuals have not yet been identified.  We will try to get you all of this missing information as soon as it becomes available.

Post Author: Betsy Cavendish

3 Fatalities Resulting From Train Collision in Kalamazoo County - 3 Fatalities Resulting From Train Collision in Kalamazoo County

3 Fatalities Resulting From Train Collision in Kalamazoo County

Last night (2-24-2019) around 10pm, there was fatal accident with both a vehicle and train involved.  This happened at the train crossing on South 11th Street and West KL Avenue.  We have not been able to collect any relevant information as it is being withheld for obvious reasons.  This type of accident will garner a lot of attention, and there will be a through investigation into exactly what happened.  As of now tho, there is no information besided the accident resulted in three deaths.

Kalamazoo is a popular with train riders because of it’s central location between Detroit and Chicago.  It has been determined the train is an Amtrak Wolverine Train 355 andit’s currently stopped on the tracks due to the ongoing investigation.   This particular train was headed to Chicago en route from Detroit.  First responders included The Kalamazoo Country Sherriff Office, Kalamzoo Department of Public Safety, Oshtemo Township Fire Department, and The Michigan State Police came to a join decision to close down West KL Avnue on both the East and West side along with the area just South of 11th street.

Post Author: Betsy Cavendish

Slippery Roads Cause Crash Near Michigan Avenue in Lansing on US-127

Slippery Roads Cause Crash Near Michigan Avenue in Lansing on US-127

Another morning of icy roads has resulted in a vehicle accident on US-127 last night around 11:30 PM.  The Lansing Police Department were the first responders to the scene which apparatantly occured when a vehicle was exiting a ramp.  They did not go into detail about what ramp or exit it was where the actual event took place.  When it slipped exiting the highway, it crashed into another vehicle.  Both of the vehicles were damaged, but it is not not known yet the severity.

The good news is that nobody was hurt severely and both drivers were able to walk away with nothing more than minor injuries.  Another positive is that alcohol was not involved for either driver.  This is simply a case of slippery roads when the drivers may not have expected the poor conditions.  It’s very easy to exit a highway at a high rate of speed thinking the exit ramp will be of the same driving conditions.  Many times, the exit ramp is more slippery than the highway because it does not have as much traffic and it accumulates more snow and ice.

The Lansing Police Department has once again warned local drivers that ramps and roads continue to be slippery and caution should be taken during these extremely cold temperatures.  We will let you know if there are any other accidents to report in the Michigan area.

 

Post Author: Betsy Cavendish