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Sanilac County Sheriff’s Office investigates Fatal Pedestrian Accident

FLYNN TOWNSHIP, MI – The Sanilac County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred on January 3rd, 2015 at approximately 4:08 pm on Maple Valley Road near Peck Road in Flynn pedestrian accident

According to Sgt. Nate Smith, a 9-1-1 call came into Central Dispatch advising of a minor injury accident that had occurred on Maple Valley Road near Peck Road. While Deputies were responding to that scene, Central Dispatch received a second 9-1-1 call advising that a pedestrian was struck by a second vehicle that lost control in that same location.

The initial investigation showed that a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu Driven by 16-year-old Allyssa Halbert of Brown City and passengers, 39-year-old April Halbert, 15-year-old Mariah Halbert, and 65 year-old Diane Halbert also all of Brown City, were traveling south on Maple Valley Road near Peck Road when Alyssa lost control on the slushy roadway and crossed over entering the east ditch.

As the female occupants were waiting for Deputies to arrive, Stephany Salazar, 48-year-old, came out of her residence in the 5000 block of Maple Valley Road to check on the occupants involved in the accident.

A 2005 Chevrolet Aveo driven by James Webb, 20-years-old, from Brown City was traveling South on Maple Valley Road near the accident scene when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed over the center line striking Stephany Salazar and Allyssa Halbert, the 16-year-old driver from the original accident, who were standing in a driveway at that location.

After being struck, Mrs. Salazar was thrown several hundred feet and landed on a rock. Marlette EMS transported her to Marlette Regional Hospital where she was later transported to Hurley Medical Center in Flint where she passed away from her injuries.

Allyssa Halbert and her occupants from the original accident were transported by personal vehicle to Marlette Regional Hospital for minor injuries.

The Sanilac County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Brown City Fire Department, Peck Police Department, and Marlette EMS. The accident remains under investigation by the Sanilac County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to numerous accidents on January 3rd, 2014 due to the inclement weather and poor road conditions.

Drivers are reminded to use due care and caution when operating in hazardous conditions.

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