UPDATE: Manistee County Crash Claims Two Lives - Northern Michigan's News Leader

UPDATE: Manistee County Crash Claims Two Lives

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UPDATE: September 13

Manistee County Sheriff's Office says the driver of the minivan has died.

Police received information that Laneah Cheylava, 81 years old from Thompsonville, passed away Thursday evening at Munson Medical Center from injuries sustained in a 2 car accident. 


September 12

Thompsonville man dies in Manistee County crash.

The accident happened just after 8:00 AM Thursday at the intersection of Springdale Road and Tomasek Road in Springdale Township.

Police say a minivan carrying two people from Thompsonville collided with a utility truck. 

The driver of the utility truck was unable to stop, directly hitting the passenger side of the minivan.

Everyone involved was wearing a seat belt. Airbags deployed in the minivan, but not the utility truck.

The direct impact to the passenger side claimed the life of 90 year old George Cheylava. 

The minivan driver was transported to Munson Medical Center and is listed in critical condition. 

The utility truck driver was not hurt.

Police do not believe alcohol was a factor. 

This accident is still under investigation.