Police seek fleeing driver involved in fatal crash.

March 30, 2017

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MANISTEE TOWNSHIP — The Manistee County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the driver of a tan- or gold-colored SUV with a loud exhaust who was involved in a fatal crash Wednesday evening, March 29, on US 31 near Big Al’s Pizza.

A 49-year-old Manistee man was pronounced dead at the scene, said Manistee County Sheriff John O’Hagan, and a 24-year-old Onekama man and and his 4-year-old son were treated and released for minor injuries.

The driver of the SUV fled the scene following the crash.

“The Manistee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a two-vehicle personal injury accident that claimed the life of a Manistee man,” O’Hagan states in a press release.

“On Wednesday evening, March 29, 2017, just before 9 p.m., a two-vehicle crash occurred on US 31 near Hahn Road in Manistee Township. Preliminary investigation shows an unknown vehicle/driver pulled out of Big Al’s parking lot to head south on US 31. In doing so, the unknown driver occupied the northbound lane. The vehicle’s driver immediately turned back into Big Al’s parking lot via a second entrance,” the sheriff states.

“That action of the unknown vehicle/driver caused the northbound driver, a 49-year-old Manistee native, to try and avoid a collision. The driver maneuvered his 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass around the unknown vehicle; however crossed the path of an oncoming 1999 Chevrolet Suburban that was southbound on US 31 driven by a 24-year-old male from Onekama.

“The 49-year-old Manistee man was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy has been scheduled. His name is not being released pending notification of next of kin. The Onekama man and his 4-year-old son were transported from West Medical Center, where they were treated and released for minor injuries,” O’Hagan states.

“We are seeking to locate and identify a tan or gold colored SUV with a loud exhaust that left the scene. If anyone has any information on this accident or of the unknown vehicle/driver, please call the sheriff’s office at 231-723-8393 or Central Dispatch at 723-6241.”

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Michigan State Police, Manistee City Police, Tribal Police, Manistee City Fire, Filer Township Fire, Manistee Township Fire and West Shore EMS.

Seat belts were used and airbags deployed in both vehicles.

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