Update: Fatal Accident, Ingham County

By: News Ten
By: News Ten

Investigators say an accident involving a gravel truck and a pickup truck in Leroy Township last Thursday is now fatal. State police report Monday that 65-year-old Lyman Scott Hitchcock of Williamston died as a result of the crash. The driver of the pick-up truck, a 56-year-old Perry man, remains in critical condition Monday.

The accident happened at about 11:40AM at the intersection of Holt Road and Dietz Road in Leroy Township, eastern Ingham County. A statement from the Michigan State Police says that the driver of the pick-up truck was driving south on Dietz road and disregarded a stop sign. Hitchcock, the driver of the gravel truck, was traveling eastbound on Holt Road and struck the pick-up.

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  • by steve Location: Dewitt on Oct 10, 2012 at 08:13 AM
    How do you punish the guy when his foot simply slipped from the brake to the gas? At least he wasnt getting hammered at the ox roast before the crash
  • by lkp Location: lansing on Sep 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM
    Whether or not anyone wants to believe it,that stop sign was disregarded. Hello? Have you seen the pictures of the accident? There is no way that he stopped. It doesn't matter now, what's done is done. The whole thing is just tragic for everyone involved. Maybe now, a little too late, something will be done about that corner.
  • by Smh Location: East Lansing on Sep 25, 2012 at 03:20 PM
    Um. Yes, he DID disregard the stop sign, and the result was the death of someone I know. There were people who saw the accident. I know people want to be quick to blame a truck driver, but I know what happened. Of course, he didn't deliberately set out to kill anyone, but he did, and my friend is dead because of it.
  • by Name Location: Webberville on Sep 24, 2012 at 06:39 PM
    Actually two senseless deaths now because my sister in law was killed there last year by a driver running the stop sign. In my opinion, that intersection should have rumble strips, 4 way stop with flashing stop light. The next intersection up, Holt and Williamston, has it. Both Dietz and Holt have heavy industrial/ag traffic, in addition to usual traffic. I had heard someone say it "takes 6 deaths" to get something done..?! Seriously??!! Lacy, I am very sorry for the pain you and others are experiencing. This is such an incredibly tragic event I would never wish on anyone. Thoughts and prayers with both families involved.
  • by Tracy Location: Webberville on Sep 24, 2012 at 05:07 PM
    Lacy.... I am listening. I live in the area and have seen many situations there. I also know that our road commissioner had sign's placed on both sides of Dietz that say cross road does not stop. Some have tried to make changes to the corner, The local farmers who own it are working on it now and I appreciate their efforts. I also drive that spot daily and have had no trouble with tree branches. Are you at the same corner? Usually people blame the corn, Sad to say but the fact is ..... It's the people. I honestly believe for people not familiar with the area rumble strips or a light will help those who miss the signs.I sincerely hope your friend lives. Mine will live in my heart forever.
  • by Lacy Location: Location on Sep 24, 2012 at 10:01 AM
    This is a sad situation. I do not care what the police say ,the driver did not disregaurd that stop sign. The intersection is bad all the way around and poor sight due to tree limbs hanging so you cant see to even cross. There should be a four way stop sign there. This is a christian man who would never have such disreagaurd for someones life, This man is also DYING. DUE to disregaurd by our state transportation Reps .By not putting a four way stop sign there from past deaths ,we now have 1 senseless death and another man soon to die , how many does it take??? TRIM the Trees and Put a Four way stop sign there.Hello anyone listening out there?
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