CANTON OF VIENNA, MI – One person died and two others were injured on Monday afternoon following a four-vehicle crash in northern Genesee County which police say was caused by distraction at flying.
The accident happened around 4:30 p.m. on Monday, November 30 at the intersection of the Vienna and Linden roads in the canton of Vienna, northwest of Flint.
One of the drivers involved was heading east on Vienna Road and was about to turn left, Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson said at a press conference on Wednesday, December 2.
A Chevrolet Equinox behind the vehicle stopped, but a third vehicle driven by a 51-year-old Detroit man in the back ended the Equinox, pushing it into the westbound lane.
A fourth vehicle struck the Equinox, injuring a passenger, Larry Haughton, a 74-year-old Clio resident.
Haughton was pronounced dead on his way to hospital, Swanson said.
Two other people involved in the crash were taken to Hurley Medical Center in Flint with minor injuries and then released.
The Detroit man – who didn’t stop for the spinning 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 district attorney’s office for review in the coming weeks upon completion of its investigation.
“I’m just asking that: a, 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 a second to save someone’s life a, ”Swanson said.
Michigan State Police, Clio Area Fire Department, Mt. Morris Township Police Department, and Clio Town Police Department assisted MPs at the scene.