MSP Investigating Fatal Traffic Crash in Victory Township

Michigan State Police are investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred Monday night on US-31 in Victory Township and claimed the life of two Manistee women.

The crash happened on US-31 south of Townline Road around 11:41 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2.

A preliminary investigation by MSP shows that a 2012 Nissan Murano crossed the centerline and struck a 2001 Buick Park Avenue head-on. The Nissan Murano was northbound US-31 and was driven by a 31-year-old Manistee woman. The driver of the Nissan Murano was accompanied by her 2 1/2-year-old daughter who was riding in a car seat. The Buick Park Avenue was southbound US-31 and was driven by Daisy Mazeika, a 51-year-old Manistee woman.

Mazeika was killed as a result of the crash. The driver of the Nissan Murano, Brittani Goda of Manistee, was transported to a Muskegon hospital and later succumbed to her injuries sustained in the crash. The 2 1/2-year-old passenger was treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Speed is being investigated as a factor in the crash. Portions of US-31 were closed for nearly four hours while troopers investigated the crash.