MILLS TOWNSHIP, MI – The Midland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a two vehicle fatal traffic crash that claimed the life of a 69-year-old Gladwin County man and his 75-year-old wife.
The crash took place at the intersection of North Sturgeon Road and East Shaffer Road in Mills Township at approximately 2:46 pm on July 7, 2021. The investigation indicated that Lawrence Malnar of Gladwin County, was driving his 2002 Ford F-150, westbound on East Shaffer Road. Mr. Malnar’s wife Janet Malnar, also of Gladwin County, was a passenger. Mr. Malnar stopped at the stop sign for North Sturgeon Road, then failed to yield the right of way and was struck on the driver’s side by a black 1997 Ford L-Series dump truck that was heading northbound on North
Sturgeon Road. The dump truck was driven by Brian Brabaw, age 57 from Midland.
All three involved parties were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. The front air bag deployed in Mr. Malnar’s vehicle.
Mr. Malnar was pronounced deceased at the scene. Mrs. Malnar was in critical condition when she was transported to Mid-Michigan Medical Center in Midland, but was pronounced deceased later on July 7th. Mr. Brabaw was uninjured.
While there is no evidence to indicate that alcohol or drugs may have been a factor in this crash, they are waiting for toxicology reports for a final determination. The report will be forwarded to the Midland County Prosecutor’s Office for review once it has been completed.
Midland County Sheriff’s Office personnel were assisted at the scene by the Michigan State Police and their 3rd District Accident Reconstruction Team, Mills Township Fire Department, Mid-Michigan EMS, and the Midland County Road Commission.
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