Over the weekend, a total of three people were killed in the separate car crashes. Both of the incidents occurred on Saturday, March 9th. Investigators in each crash have determined that alcohol may have been suspected.
The first accident occurred in Muskegon County, Michigan. This happened near the border of neighboring Newaygo County. The two-vehicle collision occurred at around 1:15 am in Cedar Creek Township. Michigan State Police said that two people were killed. A third victim was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries. One of the victims is believed to be 24 years old male. It’s unclear if he is either one of the deceased. The State Police later determined that alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.
Later that day, a 36-year-old woman was killed in a car crash in Eagle Township in Clinton County. At around 6:35 PM, Ryan Lahaie, 38, and his wife Dana, 36, and their son were traveling westbound on Interstate 96. That’s when a second vehicle crossed the median and struck their vehicle head-on. Dana Lahaie was pronounced dead at the scene. Ryan Lahaie and his son were both transported to Sparrow Hospital. As of Sunday, Ryan is in critical condition while the son, age 3, is on life support.
The driver of the second vehicle was operated by 55-year-old Thomas Hahn of Illinois. Hahn was believed to be drunk while operating his vehicle. Hahn was also transported to Sparrow Hospital. He is as listed in critical condition. The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, all victims were wearing their seatbelts. The crash remains under investigation at this time.
In 2017, there were 470 fatalities from car crashes where alcohol or drugs were a factor. These statistics were according to the Michigan State Police.