22 yr Old Dies in Crash on I-75 from possible Cell Phone Use


BROWNSTOWN TOWNSHIP, MI – A 22-year-old is dead today after slamming into the rear-end of a semi on I-75.Joe Contreras

The 22-year-old, Joe Ryan Contreras of South Rockwood, was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic when he crashed into the back of a semi-tractor trailer.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.




The accident happened just after midnight in the northbound lanes of I-75 near Dix-Toledo Highway in Brownstown Township.

Michigan State Police stated “There were no skid marks observed at the scene and alcohol was not a factor.” “It is unknown why he drove into the rear of the semi, but once the vehicles were separated, troopers observed the driver’s cellphone still in his hand.”

He leaves behind his parents, eight siblings, nieces and nephew and his girlfriend.

Whether it’s texting, taking a phone call, or sending emails, cell phone use is associated with higher rates of dangerous or fatal car crashes.  Cell phone use causes over 1 in 4 car accidents every day in the United States.

A Go Fund Me account has been set up to assist the Contreras family with funeral expenses.  A benefit is also being planned.  Those details have not been released at this time.  As soon as further details are given they will be added to this article.

Obituary

Contreras, Joe Ryan. Age 22, of Lincoln Park. October 20, 2014. Beloved son of Jose (Melinda) Contreras and Linda Huddleston. Loving brother of Ronald, Jason (Randie), Eddie, Veronica, Miguel, Jordan and Jon Jon. Dear uncle of Jaydin, Jason and Isabella. Beloved fiancé of Brooke. Preceded in death by his grandparents and Aunt Pat.

Visitation

Thursday, October 23
3:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The Trenton Chapel – Martenson Family of Funeral Homes
3200 West Rd.
Trenton, MI 48183
1-734-671-5400

Friday, October 24
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The Trenton Chapel – Martenson Family of Funeral Homes
3200 West Rd.
Trenton, MI 48183
1-734-671-5400

Funeral Service

Friday, October 24
12:00 PM

The Trenton Chapel – Martenson Family of Funeral Homes
3200 West Rd.
Trenton, MI 48183
1-734-671-5400

 

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