Serious Injury Traffic Crash

On Friday 10-26-2012 at 7:02 PM, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a serious injury traffic crash on Hunters Creek Road to the west of Fairgrounds Road in Imlay City (Imlay Township).

KELLY CUSSON age 38 from Imlay City was traveling east on Hunters Creek Road driving a 2000 Ford Explorer. KELLY CUSSON’S vehicle lost control and entered a clock-wise rotation while departing the south side of the roadway. The vehicle impacted a tree near the driver’s side door.

Imlay City Fire Department and Almont Fire Department utilizing extrication tools freed KELLY CUSSON from her vehicle. KELLY CUSSON was transported from the scene by Flight Care Medical helicopter to Hurley Medical Center in Flint. KELLY CUSSON is listed in serious/critical condition.

KELLY CUSSON’S 10 year old daughter MEGENA CUSSON from Imlay City was a front seat passenger. MEGENA CUSSON was transported by Lapeer County EMS Ambulance Service to McLaren- Lapeer Region with non-life threatening injuries.

The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Imlay City Police Department, Imlay City Fire and Rescue, Almont Fire Department,and Paul’s Collision/Towing in Almont.

The roadway was closed for approximately 2 ½ hours for rescue and investigative purposes. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this traffic crash that remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office.

Fatal Traffic Crash

On Sunday 05-20-2012 at 2:12 PM, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Hunt Road west of Lake Nepessing Road in Lapeer (Elba Township) for an injury traffic crash.

ANITA KUNZ age 70 from Lapeer was the driver and lone occupant of her Buick Roadmaster. KUNZ departed her residence and traveled east on Hunt Road. Within a few tenths of a mile from her residence, KUNZ crossed over the center line and departed the north side of the roadway striking a mailbox before entering a shallow ditch. KUNZ’S vehicle came to rest within the ditch.

KUNZ was unresponsive at the scene and life saving effort was initiated. KUNZ was transported to McLaren- Lapeer Region where her death was pronounced within the emergency department.

Preliminary investigation supports that neither drugs nor alcohol are factors. Excessive speed (posted speed limit of 25 MPH) is not a factor. Lapeer County Medical Examiner Dr. Charles Franckowiak is investigating to determine if KUNZ was experiencing medical distress and this condition resulted in her death.

Hunt Road traffic was restricted for approximately 1 3⁄4 hours for rescue and investigative purposes. Sheriff’s deputies were assisted at the scene by the City of Lapeer Police Department and Lapeer County EMS Ambulance Service. The crash remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office.