Retired Benzie County Paramedic Dies In Three-Car Crash, Community Remembering Him

A three-car crash in Garfield Township took the life of a retired Benzie County paramedic Friday evening, according to the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office.

Friends and family say Michael Trailer, 66, was on his way home from work when his car was struck from behind by a drunk driver. His car eventually caught fire and he was pronounced dead on the scene.

Deputies said the crash took place at the intersection of LaFranier and Hammond Roads.

Cara York, Trailer’s daughter, said her dad spent his life helping people and the community he lived in. In his spare time, he worked as a cab driver where he would drive people home after nights of fun from the bar. “He lost his life to somebody who was being unsafe,” said York. “It just seems a little ironic to me, and it doesn’t make sense how he lost his life to someone that was impaired, when he would normally be the first one to be helping.”

“I’ve heard stories, people connecting with me, saying how he maybe helped their family out and how much it meant. When they saw Mike Trailer arrive on the scene they automatically had a sigh of relief,” York says of his time as a First Responder.

Deputies said the drunk driver was a 26-year-old Traverse City man, identified as Justin Greene. Greene was arrested and charged with drunk and reckless driving causing death,  according to authorities.

An 85-year-old Traverse City man was also hit while driving. Both he and Greene suffered minor injuries.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help Trailer’s family. To donate, click here.