IMLAY CITY, MI – On Saturday May 11th, 2019, at 5:05 AM, Lapeer County 911 dispatched Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies to an injury traffic crash that occurred on Van Dyke (M-53) south of Bowers Road in Imlay City.
A 2005 Toyota Sienna minivan driven by a 41 year old male from Hamtramck was traveling north on Van Dyke. This driver entered a curve section of roadway. The driver failed to navigate the curve and traveled upon the gravel shoulder for a limited distance. The driver appears to have overcorrected while attempting to enter the roadway. The driver traveled across the northbound lane and entered the southbound lane in the path of two other motorist.
The 2005 Toyota side-swiped a southbound 2018 Chev Cruz traveling driven by a 24 year old male from Imlay City. This collision caused the Chev Cruz to rotate before coming to rest along the east shoulder. The 24 year old driver and only occupant was not injured.
Following, the 2005 Toyota continued to travel north within the southbound lane. A southbound 2008 Saturn Aura braked and traveled to the right shoulder attempting to avoid. The 2005 Toyota and 2008 Saturn struck “head on” along the edge of the southbound lane.
The 41 year old male driver and only occupant of the 2005 Toyota was transported to McLaren in Lapeer by Lapeer County EMS Ambulance Service with life threatening injuries. The driver was later transported to Hurley Medical Center in Flint and listed in serious condition.
Gary Franzel age 48 from Sandusky, Michigan was the driver and lone occupant of the southbound 2008 Saturn. Gary Franzel was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Preliminary investigation suggest that neither alcohol nor excessive speed over the 55 MPH speed limit are factors. Toxicology remains pending. The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit will be performing collision and speed analysis.
Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by Imlay City Police Department and Imlay City Fire and Rescue. The roadway was closed for about 3 ½ hours for rescue and investigative purposes.
This crash remains an active investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office and will be presented for formal criminal charge review once complete. Anyone with information is requested to contact Detective Sergeant Jason Parks at 810-656-1015 or .