Press Release: Traffic Fatality, Burnside Township

Lapeer County Sheriff EmblemOn Saturday 08-08-2015 at 2:07 PM,   Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Van Dyke (M-53) south of Deanville Road in Brown City (Lapeer County’s Burnside Township) for an injury traffic crash.

Deputies determined that Kyle Atkins age 27 from Burton was traveling southbound on Van Dyke driving a 2007 Honda Accord.   Lisa Atkins (mother of Kyle Atkins) age 55 from Burton was a front seat passenger. Corrine Miller (grandmother of Kyle Atkins) age 78 from Burton was in the back seat.

Kyle Atkins approached and stopped on the roadway behind a southbound 2003 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Peter Manimanis age 18 from Brown City.   Peter Manimanis (lone occupant) was stopped on the roadway while yielding to northbound traffic before performing a left turn on a private drive.

A Dodge 3500 series truck driven by Nicholas Percy age 43 from Spring Lake, Michigan was traveling southbound and approached the two stopped vehicles.   Nicholas Percy struck the back of Kyle Atkins’ vehicle which subsequently struck the back of Peter Manimanis’ vehicle.

Kyle Atkins and Lisa Atkins were transported to McLaren- Lapeer for non-life threatening injuries.   Corrine Miller had to be extricated from the vehicle by Brown City Fire Department and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Neither Peter Manimanis nor Nicholas Percy were injured.   A passenger in Nicholas Percy’s vehicle being Kelly Campbell age 44 from Kentwood, Michigan (Nicholas Percy’s girlfriend) was transported to McLaren- Lapeer for non-life threatening injuries.

Van Dyke was closed for approximately 3 ½ hours for rescue and investigative purposes.  The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Michigan State Police (Lapeer Post), Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Division, Marlette Police Department,   Brown City Fire Department, Marlette EMS Ambulance Service, and Lapeer County 911 dispatchers.

Preliminary investigation does not suggest that either excessive speed or alcohol are contributing factors in this fatal traffic crash.   The incident remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office.  Anyone with information is requested to contact Detective Sgt. Jason Parks at 810-245-1381 (