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State police investigating fatal accident

Troopers from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post are investigating an accident resulting in fatal injuries to a 26-year-old male from Hubbardston, MI. The incident occurred at the Crystal Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at approximately 4:51 a.m. in Montcalm County’s Crystal Township.  

Preliminary investigation revealed three occupants were riding in the open back of a SUV passenger vehicle in a public area of the Crystal Motor Speedway before being ejected from the vehicle as it accelerated. A 26-year-old Hubbardston man, identified as Alex Richards, died as a result of injuries sustained after falling from the vehicle. A 26-year-old Vestaburg man also suffered serious injuries and had to be transported to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing by Aero Med medical helicopter. The third occupant ejected, a 25-year-old Sheridan woman, was not injured. 

The driver of the vehicle, a 30-year-old Ionia man, was arrested following the incident for Operating While Intoxicated Causing Death and lodged at the Montcalm County Jail pending arraignment. A 30-year-old Ionia woman riding in the front passenger seat of the vehicle was not injured.  The incident remains under investigation.

Troopers were assisted on scene by the Crystal Twp. Fire Department, Montcalm County EMS, Aero Med and Montcalm County Central Dispatch.

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Howard City man dies in crash

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office was sent to a one car crash at approximately 9:26 a.m. on Friday, April 26, 2019, north of the intersection of Amy School and Edgar Roads in Reynolds Township. The sole occupant of the vehicle died in the crash.

The initial information was that a vehicle had crashed and come to rest in a wooded area and that smoke may be coming from the vehicle. It was determined that the vehicle was headed north on Amy School Road, that it exited the road to the left, and that it then struck several trees. The sole occupant, Clarence David Price, 68, of Howard City, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Police said there were no indications that the driver was speeding, and he was wearing his seat belt. The cause of the crash is believed to have been a medical issue the driver was having.

“We don’t have the medical examiners report, so I can’t tell you with certainty if the cause was something other than the crash itself,” Montcalm County Sheriff Mike Williams told the Post.  

Assisting with the crash were the Michigan State Police, Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services, Montcalm County Central Dispatch, and the Howard City Fire Department.

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Man sentenced in fatal accident


Ryan Bennett

Ryan Bennett

A 24-year-old Howard City man was sentenced June 27 in the death of another Howard City man.
Ryan Patrick Bennett, 24, was charged in January with Operating while intoxicated causing death and Reckless driving causing death, in connection with the July 20, 2012 traffic crash that led to the death Scott Gregory, 25.
Bennett pled no contest in May to Operating while intoxicated causing death, and operating while intoxicated with a high blood alcohol content.

The initial story was that he saw a body lying in West Edgerton Street shortly before 2:30 a.m., on Friday, July 20. He then proceeded home (a few blocks away) and told his father, who called 911. He was arrested at the scene for driving while intoxicated, but not officially charged with Gregory’s death until January, after evidence recovered from Bennett’s vehicle was analyzed by the Michigan State Police crime lab and connected Bennett’s vehicle to the crash.

According to information printed in the Greenville Daily News, it’s unknown whether Bennett’s car actually caused Gregory’s death, though evidence shows he ran over him. Both men were reportedly at a bar in Howard City that evening, and Gregory, who had a blood alcohol level of .26, walked home. Bennett, who had a blood alcohol level between .18 and .19, was on his way home when he hit Gregory. The prosecution noted that medical evidence suggested the possibility that another vehicle may also have hit the Gregory.

The Daily News reported that Bennett was sentenced June 27 to 60 days in jail, with credit for 13 days served, and 30 days suspended. He was also sentenced to probation and alcohol treatment, 360 hours of community service, $7,700 in restitution and court costs.

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