LAPEER, MI – On Monday June 3rd, 2019, at 9:56 PM, Lapeer County 911 dispatched Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies to an injury traffic crash on Peppermill Road 2/10 of a mile south of Imlay City Road in Lapeer.
The crash involved four pedestrians that were struck by one vehicle.
It was established that three adults pushing a stroller (double stroller) that contained two children were walking north on Peppermill Road. The individuals were out for an evening walk that originated around 8:30 PM at a residence that was one mile directly east. It was after dark, the area is not equipped with street lights, and the pedestrians were wearing dark in color clothing attire.
The pedestrians were traveling over a two lane bridge that is not equipped with roadway shoulders or designed for pedestrian traffic (only lane of vehicular traffic). Witnesses and evidence supports that the pedestrians were within the northbound lane and walking with the flow of traffic.
A 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by a 22 year old female from North Branch was traveling north on Peppermill Road. This vehicle encountered the pedestrians on the bridge and subsequently struck four out of five of them. The vehicle and pedestrians came to rest approximately 75 feet north of the bridge.
1) Walking in back of the group was a 26 year old female from Lapeer (mother of the children involved). This individual moved to the side of the roadway and avoid being struck (not injured).
2) 24 year old male from Flint pushing the stroller. This individual was transported to McLaren in Lapeer (treated and released).
3) 27 year old female from Caro pushing the stroller. This individual sustained life threatening injuries and transported to McLaren in Lapeer. This individual was admitted to the intensive care unit and listed in serious condition.
4) 3 year old child within the stroller. This child sustained life threatening injuries and transported to McLaren in Lapeer. This child was immediately transferred from McLaren in Lapeer to Hurley Medical Center in Flint. The child was admitted into the pediatric intensive care unit and listed in serious condition.
5) 4 year old child within the stroller. This child was transported to McLaren in Lapeer (treated and released).
The 22 year old woman from North Branch who was driving the vehicle was not injured.
Preliminary investigation does not suggest that distracted driving, excess speed over the speed limit, or alcohol/drugs are factors relating to the driver of the vehicle. Pedestrians within the travel portion of the roadway, lighting, and dark clothing attire are being considered as potential contributing factors.
Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by the City of Lapeer Police Department, Michigan State Police from the Lapeer Post, Medstar Ambulance Service, and Lapeer County EMS Ambulance Service.
The roadway was closed for approximately three hours for rescue and investigative purposes. This remains an active investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office.