Teen Dies in Kalkaska County Crash, Passenger in Critical Condition
“This was a case of a little too fast for conditions.”
Tragedy on a snowy, slippery road after a teenage boy’s car lost control, careening into the path of a garbage truck.
The Kalkaska County sheriff says a 16-year-old boy behind the wheel died at the scene.
His passenger, a girl his same age, is struggling to stay alive in the hospital.
The deadly crash happened Tuesday afternoon on County Road 571, just north of Myers Road.
The sheriff also says roads covered in slippery ice were quickly coated in snow, following a day with much better conditions.
“The Ford Focus was driven by a 16-year-old male, lost control, crossed the center line and crashed into an American waste garbage truck,” Kalkaska Sheriff Pat Whiteford said.
Sheriff Whiteford describes a scene to which no one wants to respond.
“Unfortunately, the male drive did pass away and there was also a 16-year-old female was in the car with him that is in critical condition.”
He says speed was a factor. Deputies and firefighters did all they could to rescue them both.
“She had to be extracted from the vehicle by the fire department. We’re just saddened by the event and we want people to slow down. We got this brief winter back here after having such nice weather and unfortunately the roads became very slippery,” Whiteford said.
He says the investigation will continue Wednesday, but for now, this serves a somber warning.
“When we get fresh snows like this, whether it’s the fall or the middle of the winter like this or the spring time, please remember to slow back down, drive with caution,” Whiteford said.
The garbage truck driver was treated and released at the scene and did not suffer any serious injuries. The passenger is in critical condition.