Michigan State Police: Driver in crash on I-75 wasn’t wearing seat belt


DETROIT –

**Update: Michigan State Police say they erroneously reported to the media that the victim in this crash had died. The victim is in critical condition. **

Michigan State Police said a 24-year-old man is in critical condition after a crash Wednesday morning on Interstate 75 in Detroit.

Police said the driver, Lesean Khyrie Winfield Jr., wasn’t wearing his seat belt when he lost control of the Buick SUV he was driving in the northbound lanes near the Davison Freeway.

The SUV slammed into a median before flipping.

Police said Winfield was thrown from the SUV. He was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital.

The northbound lanes were shut down from 3:30 a.m. to just before 6 a.m. for cleanup of the crash.

Police said it doesn’t appear that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Michigan State Police: Driver killed in crash on I-75 wasn’t wearing seat belt


DETROIT –

**Update: Michigan State Police say they erroneously reported to the media that the victim in this crash had died. The victim is in critical condition. **

Michigan State Police said a 24-year-old man is in critical condition after a crash Wednesday morning on Interstate 75 in Detroit.

Police said the driver, Lesean Khyrie Winfield Jr., wasn’t wearing his seat belt when he lost control of the Buick SUV he was driving in the northbound lanes near the Davison Freeway.

The SUV slammed into a median before flipping.

Police said Winfield was thrown from the SUV. He was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital.

The northbound lanes were shut down from 3:30 a.m. to just before 6 a.m. for cleanup of the crash.

Police said it doesn’t appear that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

I-75 sees 3-vehicle crash

March 4, 2014

I-75 sees 3-vehicle crash

Traffic slowed for emergency workers

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Tue Mar 04, 2014, 03:20 PM EST

CORBIN —
By Becky Killian / Editor

Traffic along Interstate 75 near the 35 mile marker was slowed Monday after a three-vehicle crash, according to Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Larry Parrott.

The crash happened about 4:30 p.m. as Claudine Sproles, 43, of Louisville, drove north in a 2009 Toyota Corolla in the lane nearest the center barrier and came upon a patch of snow and ice. She swerved into the middle lane to avoid the snow and struck the left wheel area of a 2014 Kenworth tractor-trailer driven by Thomas Sigmon, 51, of North Carolina. A third driver, Ruth Jaeger, 31, of Michigan, saw the collision and swerved her 2009 Toyota Sienna van from the middle lane into the third lane, where she struck the patch of snow and ice, causing the van to spin out and strike the cement barrier.

No one was injured in the crash, including a girl who rode in Sprole’s vehicle and Jaeger’s husband and the three children who rode in the Sienna.

Traffic was slowed as emergency responders worked to clear the crash.

Parrott continues his investigation.







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Traffic alert: Rollover crash on northbound I-75 in Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT TOWNSHIP, MI — A rollover crash occurred today on northbound Interstate 75 near Bridgeport, Saginaw County Central Dispatch reports.

The crash happened at 3:23 p.m. Sunday, March 2, just south of the Bridgeport exit at mile marker 144 and was reported as an injury accident, Saginaw County Central Dispatch said.

Michigan State Police and the Saginaw County Sheriff’s Department responded to the crash, according to Saginaw County 911. 

— Brad Devereaux is a public safety reporter for MLive/The Saginaw News. Follow him on TwitterFacebook and Google+

EB I-696 reopens at I-75 after crash

Royal Oak Michigan State Police have reopened eastbound Interstate 696 at I-75 after closing it earlier Thursday because of a crash.

Police and fire personnel were called to the scene and there were no reports of injuries.

Commuter alert: EB I-696 closed at I-75 after crash

Royal Oak Michigan State Police have reopened eastbound Interstate 696 at I-75 after closing it earlier Thursday because of a crash.

Police and fire personnel were called to the scene and there were no reports of injuries.

Man flown from crash scene on I-75

A rollover crash on Interstate 75 shut down traffic as CareFlight responded to transport a victim from the scene.

The crash was dispatched just after 1:30 a.m. as a reported rollover with a possible ejection north of the US 40 exit in the southbound lanes of I-75.

Medics and police responding to the scene requested CareFlight to transport the victim, who was laying outside of the car, according to dispatch records.

The man was unresponsive when he was flown to Miami Valley Hospital.

It is unknown how the man came to rest laying on the side of the interstate. The vehicle he was driving was crashed off the roadway into a fence. Investigators are looking into the cause of the crash.

State Highway Patrol troopers said speed and alcohol could be possible factors in the crash.

The identification of the male victim has not been released. Troopers said he had no identification or driver’s license on him, and none were found inside of the vehicle, which had Michigan plates.

The crash remains under investigation.

2 dead in Bay County crash involving three vehicles

PINCONNING TOWNSHIP, MI — Blowing snow creating white out conditions could be a contributing factor to a crash in Pinconning Township that resulted in the deaths of two people Friday afternoon, Michigan State Police reported.

Troopers were dispatched to a crash on southbound Interstate 75 at approximately 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, to investigate a crash involving three vehicles.

Authorities closed a section of the highway at 12:49 p.m. while they investigated.

The investigation indicates an SUV traveling south on I-75 struck the rear of a plow truck that was also traveling south. The SUV spun out of control and was struck by a semi that was also traveling south. Both occupants in the SUV were pronounced dead at the scene, State Police officials said.

Police did not release the victim’s names.

State police were assisted by the Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Division, Bay County Sheriff’s Department, Pinconning and Fraser Township Fire departments and McLaren Ambulance Services.

— Bob Johnson is a public safety reporter for MLive/The Saginaw News. Contact him at 989-395-3295, by email at bob_johnson@mlive.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

Northbound I-75 at Sibley reopens after tractor-trailer accident

Northbound I-75 at Sibley Road in Brownstown Township has reopened after a crash this morning involving a tractor trailer.

The tractor trailer was traveling too fast for conditions and crashed about 8:20 a.m., said Michigan State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Shaw. There were no injuries.

Crews pulled out of a ditch and removed the truck.

Families focus on recovery, justice a year after I-75 crash killed 3 in Detroit

Kimberly Barrett has no memory of the fatal accident her family was involved in on I-75 a year ago.

But her husband, Glen Greenwood, vividly remembers the Detroit crash that killed two of their children.

Neither knows which is worse.

A snow squall blinded drivers on Jan. 31, 2013, and contributed to multiple pileups involving 41 vehicles near the Springwells exit that resulted in three fatalities, including the children and a 54-year-old man from Allen Park.

Greenwood and Barrett, a couple from Windsor with a blended family, had crossed the U.S. border and were headed for a vacation when they encountered whiteout conditions on the freeway and crashes followed.

“We planned the trip to make beautiful memories with our children,” they said in a statement. “What we got was the biggest nightmare ever.”

Gabrielle Greenwood, 9, and her stepbrother, Aidan Hicks, 7, died, and the other three family members were hospitalized.

The family filed a lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court alleging the driver of a semi truck was going too fast for conditions and had brakes that didn’t work properly, causing the collision and deaths.

A Michigan State Police investigation also revealed there were “significant deficiencies to the braking system” of the semi.

Barrett and Greenwood declined to talk to the Free Press directly but gave an update on what their family has endured over the last year to their attorney, Bob Darling, who provided it to the Free Press.

They spent Christmas at the cemetery and said there are daily reminders their children are gone. They blame a “bad driver in an unsafe truck.”

“We find ourselves talking to Aidan and Gabi, but they are not here,” they said. “They can’t respond, they can’t kiss us, wipe away our tears.”

Dealing with loss

Dozens of accidents occurred quickly that day along a roughly 1-mile stretch of southbound I-75, but the Michigan State Police investigation focused primarily on the crashes between a 1996 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Brian Revitzer, 47, the 2006 Mazda 6 driven by Greenwood and a 2006 Pontiac Torrent driven by Menelaos (Larry) Manolis, who also died that day.

Neither Revitzer nor his attorney could be reached for comment.

According to a police report obtained by the Free Press, Greenwood said the roads were suddenly icy and he could not apply the vehicle’s brakes without sliding and then was hit from behind, causing his car to spin out of control.

His car was struck multiple times before it came to rest sideways in the road, with the passenger side facing southbound traffic, Greenwood told Michigan State Police investigating the crash.

Then he heard his wife scream. A semi was coming right at the car, Greenwood recalled during a follow-up interview two weeks after the accident.

The semi struck their car on the passenger rear side and “everyone in the vehicle became silent,” Greenwood told police, according to the report.

All three kids were unconscious and unresponsive, and his wife was pushed onto his lap.

Greenwood got out to help the kids, and his car was struck again, pinning him against another vehicle until he was able to get away from his vehicle to safety.

Neither Gabrielle or Aidan had a pulse or were breathing when police arrived. Their sister, Hannah Greenwood, then 10, also was not breathing, but Michigan State Trooper Seth Swanson,who broke out a window to get to her, found a pulse and gave her three rescue breaths, the report said.

She regained consciousness and was rushed to the hospital.

Manolis, an architect whose family said he loved Detroit, was in a crash about 300 feet south — that involved the same semi — and died at the scene.

The Freightliner rear-ended his SUV, forcing it into the trailer of a car hauler, police said in the report.

Manolis’ family said they continue to deal with his death a year later. They, too, are considering filing a lawsuit.

“He was just a great guy,” said John Manolis, his older brother. “A very caring person.”

Truck scrutinized

Police gave three “mitigating circumstances” in the accident report: poor vision, poor roadway conditions and a mechanical defect of the semi, which had deficiencies to the braking system, according to the report obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

“The crux of this investigation is reduced to the braking efficiency of the Freightliner,” it said.

The reduced braking efficiency of the semi would increase stopping distances “dramatically,” the report said.

“It could be argued that had the brakes been in proper working order, the vehicle could have slowed enough to reduce or minimize injuries to those in the Mazda,” investigators wrote. “It could be argued to a greater degree that proper braking efficiency would have reduced the speed of the Freightliner enough to reduce or minimize injuries to the driver of the Pontiac.”

According to the report, Revitzer, the Freightliner’s driver, told police he was hit from the left by a semi with a long box trailer, which forced him to the right.

“He said that he attempted to brake, but could not stop,” the report said. “He added that he just kept sliding and was unable to stop.”

The hood and front fenders of the semi had prevalent damage.

Police said they weren’t able to identify any potential vehicles that could have come into contact with the semi, but said the driver-side mirror was bent and there was damage extending back along the entire length of the the trailer.

Michigan State Police turned their crash investigation over to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office on Dec. 11 for review and a decision on whether criminal charges will be filed, officials said.

Prosecutors asked police for additional investigation on Wednesday afternoon, Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Maria Miller said.

Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw declined to discuss what specifically was done during the lengthy investigation because a charging decision hasn’t been made, but the report showed it included accident reconstruction, vehicle examinations and lab analysis.

“A lot of folks figure that it should come out real quick because ‘CSI’ finishes every case up in an hour,” he said. “It doesn’t really work that way.”

Seeking justice

The lawsuit filed on behalf of Greenwood and Barrett seeks more than $1 million and also names Capacity Transport, the company Revitzer was working for that day.

Capacity did not return calls seeking comment Thursday.

The lawsuit accused Revitzer of driving too close to other vehicles and pointed out Revitzer’s driving history, which involves five citations in less than 2 ½ years.

In March 2009, he was involved in an accident and cited for failing to stop within assured clear distance in Royal Oak, according to Michigan Secretary of State records.

In April 2010, Revitzer was ticketed for following too closely in Romeo, and he also received speeding tickets in February 2008 in Sterling Heights, April 2009 in Livonia, and May 2010 in Ontario, the records show.

Revitzer was referred to the Secretary of State in March last year, and a driver analyst gave him a 90-day driving suspension on June 26, said Fred Woodhams, a spokesman for the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office.

Being involved in a fatal crash would result in a re-examination, he said.

Revitzer got some driving privileges back in October and can drive a passenger vehicle, but he can’t drive any vehicle that requires a commercial driver’s license, records show.

He is also involved in a lawsuit with his insurance company, Cherokee Insurance Company, over benefits, Wayne County Circuit Court records show.

Meanwhile, the Greenwood family continues to focus on recovery.

Barrett, who was in a coma and suffered a brain injury, has therapy five days a week.

The physical and emotional pain from the accident and deaths of Gabrielle and Aidan will last the rest of their lives, her family said.