Fatal Midland County Crash Possibly Fueled by Alcohol

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MIDLAND, MI – The Midland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a two vehicle, rear end/left turn, fatal traffic crash that claimed the life of a 46 year old Saginaw woman. The incident took place on North Water Road near West Shaffer Road in Edenville Township at approximately 7:11 pm on August 23, 2018.fatal crash

The investigation indicates that the driver, Francis Madden, 58-years-old,  from Sanford, was driving his white 2010 Acura, northbound on North Water Road.

Mr. Madden was slowing and starting to turn left (west) onto West Shaffer Road when his vehicle was rear ended by a northbound black 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle that was being driven by Jason Schlegel, 44-years-old, from Merrill. A passenger on the motorcycle was Stacey Malace, 46-years-old, from Saginaw.

Mr. Madden, Mr. Schlegel and Mrs. Malace were transported to Mid Michigan Medical Center with various injuries. Mrs. Malace was pronounced deceased on Friday August 24th, 2018.

Mr. Madden was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash. Mr. Schlegel and Mrs. Malace were not wearing helmets.

Alcohol appears to be a factor in this crash. They are waiting for toxicology reports for a final determination. This report will be forwarded to the Midland County Prosecutor’s Office for review once it has been completed.

The Midland County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Edenville Township Fire Rescue and Mid Michigan EMS.

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