Police Stress Extra Caution With People and Vehicles Along Roadway

Northern Michigan saw three pedestrian deaths in the span of a week, two in Oceana County, one in Osceola County.

In Oceana County, police say a man and his daughter were walking on the shoulder when they were hit by a farm truck in Grant Township. The 14-year-old girl died at the scene last week Monday. Her father died from his injuries yesterday.

Yesterday, a six-year-old was hit and killed on M-66 in Osceola County’s Sylvan Township. Police say the child darted out in front of a car.

This has led to police reminding people to be cautious while sharing the roadway this summer.

“If you see someone on the roadway, whether it’s a person or a bike, just out of respect just slow down or move over,” says Michigan State Police trooper Kelsey Case.

The roadways are for everyone but when cars and pedestrians mix, the cars will win. With the summer weather leading to more people walking, running and cycling along the shoulder, it’s time to be extra careful.

“Sometimes there’s bad timings and some of these crashes are unavoidable,” says Case, ”But I would say a majority of them are avoidable and a lot of crashes are outside factors that can be controlled.”

Distracted or impaired driving is often the cause of these problems but the Michigan State Police says if you are being as alert as you should, take extra precaution.

“Put yourself in those people’s shoes and what would you want someone to do you would probably want them to move over?” says Case.

It’s more than just making sure you were driving safe or if you were walking, it takes people paying attention on both ends knowing how to handle a situation when a car comes across a pedestrian.

“We need to make sure as parents and family members, anybody who is involved in a child’s life, make sure you bring up traffic safety with them,” says Case, “Explain to them the dangers of roads.”

Child or adult, people should protect themselves. Staying far enough off the roadway and being as visible as possible, with clothes, lights or reflective material.

“The more you can do yourself to make yourself visible by drivers on the roadway the better,” says Case.