Reckless Ride Ends with Crash into Pole, Passenger Dead from Electrocution

Reckless Ride Ends with Crash into Pole, Passenger Dead from Electrocutionseed021_helaine-zack

(Oakland County Sheriff’s Dept, June 13, 2014)

INCIDENT: June 10, 21:15 hrs. – City of Pontiac-Fatal Crash Investigation #14-087843

SUMMARY: A Deputy on patrol in the area of Baldwin and Montcalm in the City of Pontiac observed a 1996 seed019_Cherie_RolfeChevrolet Camaro make an improper turn at SB Baldwin onto WB Montcalm. The vehicle then continued WB at a high rate of speed.  The deputy activated his overhead lights on Montcalm at Lakeside in attempt to catch up to the car.  It then sped away at a greater rate of speed WB. The car disregarded the red light at Montcalm and Cesar Chavez.  Montcalm turns into Cass at that point and then into a SB curve. The vehicle crashed into a utility pole causing a live power wire to hit the ground and the vehicle. The Deputy had not caught up to the car prior to the seed015_kathryn_balcercrash.. From the time the deputy activated his overhead lights to the car crashing into the utility pole, approximately 19 seconds passed. Both the driver and passenger were trapped in the car, but deputies could not approach due to the live wire and the car being electrically “charged”. STAR EMS and Waterford Regional Fire responded.

OUTCOME OF INCIDENT: The scene was made safe by the FD cutting the live wire away.  The female passenger in the vehicle was pronounced deceased on scene via telemetry at McLaren Hospital. The driver had to be seed01_bridget and kevin deegan krauseextracted by Waterford Regional Fire. The driver was transported to McLaren-Oakland Hospital for his injuries.  The on-duty OCSO Crash Investigator responded to assist with the investigation. The driver was found to have two outstanding felony warrants out of the 6th Circuit Court. One was for Possession of Dangerous Drugs and the other for Larceny. It is believed alcohol and drugs may have been factors in the crash.  Once the investigation is complete the case will be presented to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office for the appropriate charges.


VICTIM, SUSPECT or ARRESTEE INFORMATION: (Arrested Driver): 21 year old male resident of Pontiac who is in Sheriff’s custody and under hospital watch guard at this time. (Deceased Passenger): 22 year old female resident of Waterford Township.


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