Robert Stroup, age 25, from Lapeer was operating a 1994 Ford F-150 pickup truck southbound on Maple Grove Road. Robert Stroup failed to navigate a posted curve and departed the roadway. The vehicle traveled approximately a couple of hundred feet before striking a tree.
The passenger Kala Cowell, age 25, from Columbiaville, was extricated from the vehicle by Lapeer City Fire and Rescue. Kala Cowell was transported to the McLaren Lapeer Region Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Robert Stroup was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The roadway was closed for approximately 3 hours for rescue and investigative purposes. Deputies were assisted at the scene by Michigan State Police Troopers from the Lapeer Post. The preliminary investigation indicates that alcohol and excessive speed may be contributing factors. This crash remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office.
Detective Jason Parks