January 21, 2021

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VIENNA TOWNSHIP, MI — One person died and two others were injured Monday afternoon following a four-vehicle crash in northern Genesee County that police say was caused by distracted driving.

The crash occurred around 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30 at the intersection of Vienna and Linden roads in Vienna Township, northwest of Flint.

One of the drivers involved was headed east on Vienna Road and set to make a left turn, Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson said during a Wednesday, Dec. 2 news conference.

A Chevrolet Equinox behind the vehicle stopped, but a third vehicle driven by a 51-year-old Detroit man rear ended the Equinox, pushing it into the westbound lane of traffic.

A fourth vehicle hit the Equinox, injuring a passenger, 74-year-old Clio resident Larry Haughton.

Haughton was pronounced deceased on the way to the hospital, Swanson said.

Two other people involved in the crash were transported to Hurley Medical Center in Flint with minor injuries and later released.

The Detroit man — who did not stop for the turning car — was not paying attention at the time of the crash, Swanson said.

“We believe this incident was caused by distracted driving,” he noted. “There was no alcohol, no speed (involved).”

The sheriff’s office will present its findings to the Genesee County Prosecutor Office’s for review in the coming weeks upon completion of its investigation.

“I just ask that: one, you pray for the family of the 74-year-old gentleman who lost his life, but you also have conversations with your loved ones… It only takes one second to save someone’s life,” said Swanson.

The Michigan State Police, Clio Area Fire Department and Mt. Morris Township Police Department and Clio City Police Department assisted deputies at the scene.

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GRIDLEY — Five people who were killed in a 10-vehicle pileup early Saturday morning on Highway 99 have been identified by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.

Inderpal Rajput, 61, of Live Oak; Noah Anderson-Burdick, 18, of Yuba City; Camille Bent, 20, of Sierra Madre; Kira Jumper, 19, of Redding; and John Wegner, of Redding were killed in the crash that involved five semitrailers and five passenger vehicles.

The crash occurred around 12:30 a.m. south of Hinaman Drive between Gridley and Biggs. Dense fog reducing visibility blanketed the area at the time of the crash. The California Highway Patrol is still investigating the crash.

A portion of the highway between the intersection of East Biggs Highway and Spruce Street in Gridley remained closed through the night and for much of Saturday as cleanup efforts continued and a Major Accident Investigation Team from Sacramento investigated the crash site. Firefighters with Cal Fire-Butte County also assisted with clearing the scene.

Initial reports of the collision indicated three people had been killed, and two others were hospitalized due to their injuries.

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MANISTEE TOWNSHIP, MI – A high school junior died over the weekend in a rollover car crash in Northern Michigan.

Kevin Dean, a junior at Brethren High School in Manistee County, was among four boys in the vehicle that crashed, Kaleva Norman Dickson Schools said in a Facebook announcement. He died of his injuries. The school district is offering grief counseling.

Michigan State Police Cadillac Post troopers responded to a single-vehicle, rollover crash on River Road in Manistee Township around 9:50 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13.

The initial investigation indicates that the Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling east on River when the driver lost control, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway and roll several times.

All four occupants were teenage boys from Manistee County. All but one were ejected from the vehicle in the crash. They all sustained serious injuries and were transported to a local hospital before being moved to hospitals in Grand Rapids and Traverse City for more advanced treatment. Dean died of his injuries.

Police believe alcohol and speed may have contributed to the crash. The investigation is ongoing.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office, Manistee Township Fire, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Police Department, Onekama Township Fire, Manistee City Fire/EMS and North Flight EMS.

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COVINGTON, Ky. — Over the next three years, one Northern Kentucky nonprofit wants to invest $3 million in new transportation infrastructure upgrades across the region, but there’s one catch: It has to be an improvement that encourages active transportation.

Matt Butler, who heads up special projects at the Devou Good Foundation, announced the fund on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

“In the Greater Cincinnati area, 21% of households do not own an automobile,” reads a page on the nonprofit’s website announcing the new fund. “As a region, we need to do more to protect our most vulnerable road users: people walking, using wheelchairs, and riding bicycles.”

The announcement comes just a couple of weeks after the foundation pitched in $12,500 — roughly half the needed funds — to assist Cincinnati Metro in making bus rides free on Election Day.

The foundation’s website lists the following sorts of projects as eligible to receive financial assistance through the fund:

  • Bike paths, lanes, trails and bridges
  • Off-road trails that can be used to connect neighborhoods
  • Infrastructure to slow traffic in neighborhoods (such as curb bump-outs, for instance)
  • End-of-trip facilities (bike racks, bike parking, bike repair stations and bike storage)

The fund will also consider donations to programs and campaigns that encourage or support active transportation investment. The nonprofit will consider grant requests for projects up to $500,000. The funding is limited to project proposals in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky and Hamilton County in Ohio.

The Devou Good Project also made headlines when they donated more than 2,500 bike racks to be installed across Northern Kentucky and the city of Cincinnati. Butler also helped the foundation map serious crashes across Northern Kentucky in an effort to identify where improvements might bring the most value.

The foundation will consider grants applications on a quarterly basis, Butler said.

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