SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) -- The state is naming a stretch of Michigan highway in honor of a trooper who died in a crash a year ago while responding to a call for backup.
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Wednesday signed legislation designating a six-mile portion of M-61 near Gladwin as "Trooper Jeffrey Werda Memorial Highway." Calley says in a statement that it's "only fitting that we dedicate in his memory a piece of the Michigan roadways he worked so diligently to protect."
The 43-year-old Werda crashed in Saginaw County's Taymouth Township, about 70 miles northwest of Detroit, while responding April 6, 2011, to a call for assistance from a sheriff's deputy in pursuit of a fleeing motorist.
The man who authorities say started the chase was sentenced to a year behind bars.