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Irresponsible Teen Driver Kills Man from Cedar, MI

UPDATE: 2nd Person Dies from Teen Driver’s Tragic Mistake

LEELANAU COUNTY, MI – Family and friends are mourning the loss of Brian Nachazel, 31 years old, of Cedar, Michigan who was police-line-do-not-cross-investigation-graphickilled in an auto accident that was caused allegedly by an irresponsible 16 year old driver.

The early morning crash happened Saturday, August 23rd, 2014, that left Mr. Nachazel dead and three others hospitalized.

The accident occurred about 12:45 a.m. when a 2005 Nissan driven by the 16-year-old from Lake Leelanau, Michigan ran a stop sign while headed south on Schomberg Road.  He collided with a 2004 Ford pickup truck, driven by Brian Nachazel of Cedar, heading east on Bodus Road. 2 other teens were occupants of the 2005 Nissan.

The Ford pickup truck driven by Nachazel went off the southeast corner of the intersection and into a power pole, which snapped.  The truck rolled over, ejecting Nachazel from the driver’s door window, killing him.

Leelanau County investigators learned that a third vehicle occupied by friends of the Nissan occupants witnessed the crash. Witnesses in that car said they were trying to drive fast enough on Schomberg Road to “catch air” for a “roller coaster effect” on the hilly road.

The occupants of the 3rd vehicle acknowledged the Nissan did not stop at the stop sign because they needed to maintain the high speed sought for the effect.

The Nissan also rolled over and landed on its top at the southeast corner of the intersection.

Two of the teenagers were immediately removed from the vehicle and taken to Munson Medical Center. It took two hours to remove the third teen who was then airlifted to the hospital.

Only one of the teens was wearing a seat belt.  One teen is in critical condition.  The crash is still under investigation pending toxicology results.


Brian Nachazel

Brian Nachazel

CEDAR — Brian Richard Nachazel, 31, of Cedar, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, after a car accident. Brian was born on Oct. 19, 1982, in Traverse City, to Richard “Rich” and Laurie (Moreland) Nachazel.

Brian graduated from Leland Public School in the Class of 2000.

Family was incredibly important to Brian. He loved to spend time with them regardless of what they were doing.

He was a dependable person and an electrician by trade. He helped out whenever and wherever he was needed.

Golfing, biking, softball, hunting for Petoskey stones and any outdoor activity brought happiness to Brian.

Brian will be remembered as a “wanna-be” good singer, prankster and a great story teller. He had a calm, sensitive nature that brought peace to whatever room he entered. His smile, contagious laugh and strong, tender, loving heart will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Surviving Brian are his parents; siblings, Rebecca Lynne (Dale) Goff, of Cedar, and Michael Thomas (fiancée, Hannah Hunnicutt) Nachazel, of Cedar; fiancée, Whitney Chandler; nieces and nephew, Cody, Chloe and Caily; aunts and uncles, Evelyn Easter, Craig Moreland, Peggy (Norm) Gauthier, Eddie Nachazel, Sue Peplinski, Diane Nachazel and Scott Nachazel; maternal grandmother, Laura Moreland; his cat, Sonny; and many other loving family members and friends.

Brian was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alwin Moreland and Charles and Helen Nachazel.

Visitation for Brian will be held today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Cedar. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Cedar, at 11 a.m. The Rev. Fr. Donald Libby will officiate.

MIheadlines extends condolences to the family and friends of Brian Nachazel.

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