Lapeer City | Fatal car vs pedestrian traffic crash

On 02-15-2018, at approximately 6:29 pm, Lapeer City units responded to Nepessing St. east of Saginaw St. for a reported traffic crash with injuries. The investigation found that a 65-year-old male from Metamora, Michigan, driving a 2010 Honda Fit, was traveling West on Nepessing St. The vehicle left the westbound lane and entered on to the sidewalk located on the North side of the roadway. The vehicle struck a pedestrian that was walking Eastbound on the sidewalk. The vehicle continued traveling west along the roadway and impacted a tree located on the north side of Nepessing St. The driver of the vehicle was transported to the McLaren-Lapeer Region Hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

The female struck by the vehicle was found deceased at the scene. She was identified as Heather Anna Chambers, a 39-year-old female from Lapeer.

It is unknown at this time what caused the vehicle to leave the roadway. There are indications that the vehicle was traveling at an excessive speed after leaving the roadway. At this point in the ongoing investigation, it is not believed that alcohol was a contributing factor. The incident remains under investigation.

Date and Time of Release: 02-16-2018 @ 7:30am
Officers Name: D/Sgt Craig Gormley

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Fatal Traffic Crash, Mayfield Twp

On Monday 10-02-2017 at 5:12 PM, Lapeer County 911 dispatched Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies to the intersection of N. Lapeer (M-24) and Davis Lake Road in Lapeer (Mayfield Township) for an injury traffic crash involving a motorcycle.

Paul Scott age 70 from Lapeer was the rider of a 2016 Harley Davidson Motorcycle. Paul Scott was traveling west on Davis Lake Road and entered the intersection (traveling straight thru) with a green traffic light for his direction of a travel.

An 82 year old male from Fostoria was traveling north on Lapeer Road operating a 2017 Dodge Ram 1500 series pickup truck. Witnesses reported that the pickup truck entered the intersection with their direction of travel having a red traffic light.

The collision occurred within the intersection and is considered broadside. The motorcycle traveled north from the intersection and came to rest within the roadway. The pickup truck traveled northwest across the yard and parking lot of the Security Credit Union before coming to rest on the sidewalk near the building.

Paul Scott was transported to McLaren in Lapeer by Lapeer County EMS Ambulance Service. Paul Scott was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving at McLaren. Paul Scott was not wearing a helmet.

The 82 year old male from Fostoria and his 82 year old wife (front passenger seat) were transported to McLaren in Lapeer by Medstar EMS with non-life threatening injuries.

Preliminary investigation suggest that neither excessive speed nor alcohol are contributing factors. Once the investigation is complete, it will be presented to the Lapeer County Prosecutor’s Office.

The roadway was closed between Davis Lake and Mayfield Road for two hours while deputies investigated. This crash remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information is requested to contact Detective Sgt. Jason Parks at 810-656-1015 or jparks@lapeercounty.org

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School Bus Safety

School Bus Safety

School buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school. Riding in a school bus is safer than walking, riding a bicycle, or being driven to school in private vehicles.

Today’s school buses are built with safety in mind. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, children are protected in large school buses by compartmentalization, a passive occupant protection system. This provides a protective envelope consisting of strong, closely-spaced seats that have energy-absorbing padded seat backs that help to distribute and reduce crash forces. Compartmentalization is most effective when occupants are fully seated within the bus seat. Seating should be provided that will allow each occupant to sit on a school bus seat without any part of his or her body extending into the aisle.

The majority of bus-related deaths and injuries involve pedestrians-mostly children-who are struck by a bus or injured when they are exiting the bus to cross traffic.

School bus safety tips for drivers:

  • Prepare to stop when a slowing bus has its overhead yellow lights flashing
  • Stop at least 20 feet away for buses when red lights are flashing, unless driving in the opposite direction on a divided highway
  • Slow down in or near school and residential areas
  • Look for clues-such as safety patrols, crossing guards, bicycles, and playgrounds-that indicate children might be in the area
  • Watch for children between parked cars and other objects

School buses are like traffic signals

  • When overhead lights are flashing yellow: Prepare to stop
  • When overhead lights are flashing red: Stop
  • When hazard warning lights are flashing: Proceed with caution

School bus safety tips for students:

  • Always stay in sight of the bus driver
  • Don’t hurry off the bus; check traffic first
  • Don’t go back to the bus after exiting

Source: http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-72297_64773_22760-287566–,00.html 

Media Release Fatal Traffic Crash | North Branch Township

On Sunday 07-16-2017 at 1:58 AM, Lapeer County 911 dispatched Lapeer County
Sheriff’s Deputies to a motorcycle injury traffic crash on Burnside Road to the west of Slattery Road in North Branch (North Branch Township). This was reported by a
motorist who discovered the motorcycle rider positioned within the roadway.

Douglas Secord age 61 from Lum was the rider and lone occupant of a Harley Davidson motorcycle that was traveling west on Burnside Road. This area is very rural and a deer traveled north in direction across the roadway in Secord’s path.

Secord who was not wearing a helmet was ejected from his motorcycle and came to rest within the roadway. The motorcycle and deer (deceased) came to rest along the south shoulder. Douglas Secord was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies closed the roadway for several hours to investigate
this fatal traffic crash. Alcohol is being investigated as a potential contributing factor.
This case remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone
with information is requested to contact Detective Sgt. Jason Parks at 810-656-1015 or
jparks@lapeercounty.org.

Authority/Created by: D/Sgt. Jason Parks
Release: Sunday 07-16-2017 at 8:30 AM.

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Media Release: Objects Thrown at Vehicles

During the early morning hours of Sunday 04-16-2017 (around 2:00 AM), there were at least four reported incidents in Lapeer County in which either rocks or bricks were thrown at motor vehicles traveling upon the roadways. In each case, the object thrown originated from a motor vehicle traveling in the opposite direction.

Hadley Township- Lapeer County

  1. Baldwin Road near Sutton in Metamora
  2. Pratt west of Baldwin Road in Metamora
  3. Pratt and Hadley Road in Metamora

A suspect vehicle was described as a black passenger vehicle (either Honda Civic or Chevrolet Lumina). In these cases, there was considerable amount of damage to vehicles including the windshields shattered. Fortunately, there were no injuries reported.

Oregon Township- Lapeer County

  1. Hayes and Oregon Road in Lapeer.

A suspect vehicle was described as a white Chevrolet Lumina (1990’s model). Once again, the vehicle struck had considerable amount of damage but fortunately there were no injuries reported.

This malicious and reckless act is not only causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage but placing motorist in extreme danger. The potential danger to motorist is very concerning to Lapeer County Sheriff Scott McKenna.

Michigan Compiled Law (MCL) 750.3942 prohibits throwing objects at a motor vehicle and has the following penalties associated.

  • Damage to property- 1 year misdemeanor
  • Injury Associated-4 year felony
  • Serious impairment associated- 10 year felony
  • Death associated- 15 year felony

Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies will be assigned directive patrol in these areas in both marked and unmarked units in attempts to locate, identify, and arrest the responsible parties before injury or death occurs. Until then, motorist are urged to use caution when traveling during the early morning hours.

If anyone has any information, please contact the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office at 810-664-1801 or Lapeer County Sheriff’s Tip line at 810-245-1374.

Incident Numbers: 170008170 170008191 170008169 170008200

Release Time and Date: Monday 04-17-2017 at 4:00 PM

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News Release- Arrest in B&E Auto

On Friday 04-14-2017 around 5 AM, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Bristol Road in Imlay City (Lapeer County’s Imlay Township) for an individual that was breaking into automobiles parked within driveways.    A home owner observed and confronted a male subject.  The individual fled north on foot and entered a dark colored automobile.

It was later determined that at least three different vehicles (separate residences in that immediate area) were entered.  Property was stolen from the vehicles.

Deputies located a dark colored automobile within the immediate area that fit the suspect’s vehicle description.  This vehicle was occupied by a 27 year old female from Bruce Township.  Additionally, Almont Police Department was informed by a citizen that they picked up a male walking in the Bristol Road area and gave them a ride to a residence within Kingsbury Mobile Home Community in Almont.

The information and facts developed resulted in Deputy Jesse Rhodes and Deputy Chris Bowman visiting Kingsbury Mobile Home Park in Almont and arresting Michael Reed age 26 from Almont.   Michael Reed was transported and lodged in the Lapeer County Jail.  Additionally, stolen property was recovered.

Michael Reed age 26- Almont
Booking photograph provided by the Lapeer County Jail

Michael Reed age 26- Almont

Booking photograph provided by the Lapeer County Jail

On Friday 04-14-2017, the Lapeer County Prosecutor’s Office issued formal criminal charges for breaking an entry into a motor vehicle to steal personal property.   Michael Reed was arraigned within the 71-A District Court.   Michael Reed remains incarcerated in the Lapeer County Jail as of Monday 04-17-2017 on a $500 bond.

Lapeer County Sheriff Scott McKenna is pleased that the case was successfully resolved and stolen property returned to owners. The successful resolution can be contributed to the outstanding work performed by Deputy Rhodes and Deputy Bowman in concert with excellent working relationship between Almont Police Department and the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office.

Incident Numbers:    170008001; 170007946; and 170007944

Date and Time of Release:    Monday 04-17-2017 1:30 PM.

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