On February 3, 2023 at approximately 3:35 p.m. officers from the Mt. Pleasant Police Department responded to a two-car accident involving a Chevy Impala and a Ford F-250 at Sweeney and Broomfield Street. A Chevy Impala traveling south on Sweeney failed to yield to oncoming traffic. A Ford F-250 traveling west on Broomfield collided with the driver’s side of the Chevy Impala.
The driver of the Ford F-250, a 61-year-old male, and a 61-year-old female passenger both from the Port Huron area refused medical treatment at the scene.
The passenger in the Chevy Impala, a 92-year-old male was pronounced deceased at a local hospital. The driver, an 81-year-old female is currently in critical condition. Both individuals are from the Mt. Pleasant area.
This accident remains under investigation.
The Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by the Michigan State Police, Central Michigan University Police, Mobile Medical Response, Isabella County Central Dispatch and the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department.
Law enforcement, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have partnered to raise awareness of the dangers and legal implications of distracted driving.
Actions such as eating, drinking, GPS use, updating your play list, cell phone use of any kind, texting, and scrolling through social media, are all considered dangerous when driving. Texting has become a specifically dangerous practice.
If you are texting, follow the tips below:
If you are expecting a text message, or need to send one, pull over and park your car in a safe location.
Designate a passenger as your ‘designated texter.’
Do not engage in social media scrolling or texting while driving.
If you are struggling not to text and drive; put your phone out of reach in the trunk, glove box or back seat.
Distracted driving is dangerous and illegal. Avoid a ticket, and the chance of injuring someone else. Keep your eyes on the road and off the phone.