ROSCOMMON, MI – A dead tree had fallen into the roadway on County Road 104 in Roscommon County that caused two separate vehicle crashes involving two motorcyclists. One of those motorcycle drivers, a 56-year-old man of Boyne City, was found dead at the scene of the crash.
On Tuesday June 30th, 2020, at approximately 2:50 p.m., officers from the Michigan State Police Houghton Lake Post were dispatched to a motorcycle personal injury accident on CT 104 near Leafy Ln, in Gerrish Township.
While investigating the crash, officers were informed of a second motorcycle in the ditch within 200 yards of the initial crash.
Assisted by officers from the Roscommon County Sheriff’s Department, troopers investigated the second crash and found the driver and lone rider of that motorcycle, dead at the scene.
The cause of both accidents was a dead tree that had fallen into the roadway covering the west bound lane and most of the east bound lane. It is believed that both motorcycle drivers, though traveling in opposite directions, were unable to avoid colliding with the tree that lay in the roadway.
As a result of the crash, David Lewis Frye, 56-years-old, of Boyne City, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Speed nor alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash.
The other driver was transported to a local area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
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