BRANCH TOWNSHIP, MI - On Sunday, September 1st, 2019, at 6:58PM,\u00a0 Mason County Sheriff Deputies were called to a single vehicle crash on Young Road east of Landon Road in Mason County\u2019s Branch Township.\r\nThe investigation indicated that a 2012 Dodge pickup truck, being driven by a 42 year-old Grand Rapids man, was eastbound on Young Road when the driver reported his sandal became stuck on the gas pedal.\r\nSeveral persons were riding in the bed of the pickup and three additional persons were riding on the tailgate. One of those on the tailgate, a 47 year-old man from Crystal MI, fell off the truck and into the roadway striking his head on the pavement. He was pronounced dead at the scene.\r\nBranch Township Fire, Life EMS, and WMED Medical Examiner\u2019s Office all responded to the scene and assisted in the investigation. The case remains under investigation by the Sheriff\u2019s Office.\r\nSpeed appears to have played a role in the crash and alcohol does not.\r\nDisclaimer: Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information posted on this website and its affiliated social media. MI Headlines reserves the right to withhold certain information if its release is not in the community\u2019s best interest, or if we feel it unnecessary. All individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of\u00a0law.\r\nJoin our Group on Facebook \u2013\u00a0MI Crimes and Headlines\u00a0or visit our\u00a0page on Facebook.