Pedestrian accidents becoming a growing problem
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – The number of pedestrians killed in U.S. traffic accidents are rising faster than ever before.
One study suggests that number spiked 10 percent, in 2015 alone. Michigan traffic safety experts have spent years working on this growing problem.
Since 2013, the number of pedestrian accidents in Michigan has grown each year. That is according to the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. Historically, October has been a very bad month when it comes to car versus pedestrian accidents.
Michigan girl, 11, dies in crash with teen sister driving
LOCKE TWP — An 11-year-old girl was killed and her older brother and sister were seriously injured in a crash Friday morning north of Webberville.
The crash occurred at about 7:50 a.m. on Morrice Road, north of Allen Road in Locke Township, the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
Concerns over train safety rise amidst recent rail accidents
With millions of people using train systems on a daily basis, there have been increasing concerns about train safety especially after a recent series of rail accidents in the tristate area. In 2013, a Metro-North passenger train derailed in the Bronx and killed 4 people. In 2015, an Amtrak crash in Philly killed 8 while in September, an NJ transit crash in Hoboken killed 1. For many commuters, traveling within the northeast, their trust in rail safety has been at an all-time low.
Widow files wrongful death lawsuit after husband crushed to death
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The widow of a factory worker who died while cleaning machinery has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Grand Rapids Plastics Inc., claiming unsafe equipment and inadequate training led to his death in June, 2014.
Russel J. Scharenbroch, a father of six, was fatally crushed while cleaning an injection molding machine at the Wyoming plant.
Woman dies in crash after tire comes off truck, bounces into roof
VIENNA TOWNSHIP, MI – A Saginaw woman was killed Sunday, Oct. 16 in a crash after a tire off of another vehicle bounced into her car on Interstate 75 in northern Genesee County.
Shanika Tarvette-Southward, 36, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Impala north on I-75 near Wilson Road when a tire came off a pickup truck that was driving south, bounced into the median and into the roof of Tarvette-Southward’s vehicle, according to Geneesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell.
Man dead after struck by two vehicles
LAPEER TWP, MI — A 44-year-old Lapeer man is dead after he was struck by two vehicles early Sunday morning in Lapeer Township.
A witness told police the victim, David Houghtaling, was on foot shortly before 6 a.m. Oct. 16 along the edge of the northbound lane of Clark Road, north of Turrill Road.
Man charged in Frankenmuth crash death of jogger waives hearing
SAGINAW, MI — A Birch Run Township man charged in the hit-and-run crash that killed a jogger in Frankenmuth Township is headed to Circuit Court.
Kaleb N. Mossner appeared before District Judge A.T. Frank on Monday, Oct. 17, and waived his right to a preliminary hearing, leading Frank to bind his case over to Circuit Court.
Woman dies after struck by minivan in Fenton
FENTON, MI – A woman in her 70s has died after she was struck by a minivan Saturday evening in Fenton.
Police said the woman was crossing Leroy Street, south of Dauner Road, around 7 p.m. Oct. 15 and when she was struck by the vehicle.
She was transported to Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc Township following the accident and later passed away. The woman’s name has not been released by police.
Driver who ran red light caused two-car crash in downtown Bay City
BAY CITY, MI — A two-car accident slowed traffic near the east entrance to Veterans Memorial Bridge Friday morning.
At about 10:15 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, a blue Chevrolet Impala and white Nissan Rogue crashed at the intersection of Seventh and Saginaw streets.
Five-vehicle pileup slows traffic on Veterans Memorial Bridge
BAY CITY, MI — Ship traffic wasn’t the only reason traffic was backed up near Bay City bridges Saturday morning.
A five-vehicle pileup on westbound Veterans Memorial Bridge at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, brought traffic down to one-lane and left three of the five vehicles damaged. Bay County Central Dispatch sent an alert to its Bay Alerts subscribers a short while later.