Police say that they have yet to determine what cause a motor vehicle accident on the afternoon of Sept. 2 that claimed the life of a Michigan State University assistant professor. The 37-year-old man was killed when his car was struck at a high rate of speed by a motor home as it waited at a stop sign on South Bagley Road in Greenbush Township.
Accident investigators believe that the motor home may have experienced a tire blowout or some other sort of mechanical failure in the moments before the collision. An eyewitness told reporters that he saw the vehicle ‘lose a tire” before crashing. Excessive speed may have also played a role as the witness also describes seeing the motor home leave the ground completely before striking the professor’s car.
The witness and other bystanders rushed to the scene and pulled the badly injured professor from his vehicle, but their attempts to revive him were in vain and he was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services workers. The driver of the motor home was taken by ambulance to an area hospital with what were described as serious but not life-threatening injuries. The collision is being investigated by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office according to reports.
Experienced personal injury attorneys may have the vehicles involved in traffic accidents inspected when inadequate maintenance, substandard parts or faulty repairs may have played a role. Motorists are expected to do all that they reasonably can to protect other road users from harm, which includes ensuring that their tires are properly inflated and vehicle safety systems are operational before venturing out onto public highways. Those who drive large and cumbersome vehicles are expected to drive especially cautiously.
Source: WILX News 10, “Witness talks about crash that killed MSU professor”, Cryss Walker, Sept. 3, 2018