May 9, 2017
The Midland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a two vehicle, head on fatal traffic crash that claimed the lives of Steven Fitch a 57 year old Lake man and Brandon Scherzer a 23 year old Freeland man. Mr. Fitch was driving a 2000 Dodge Dakota pick-up truck and Mr. Scherzer was driving a 2015 Chevy Silverado pick-up truck. The incident took place on westbound US 10 east of M-18 in Jerome Township at approximately 4:51 am on May 9, 2017.
At 4:41 am, Midland County Central Dispatch received the first call reporting a vehicle traveling eastbound in the westbound lane of US 10 west of Coleman Road. Midland County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to check the area. Dispatch received several other calls from other witnesses updating the vehicles location. A short time later the head on crash was reported.
The incident remains under investigation pending toxicology reports for drugs and or alcohol. Once the investigation is complete a report will be sent to the Midland County Prosecutor for review.
The Midland County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Jerome Township and Coleman Fire Rescue, Mid Michigan EMS, Midland City Police and Midland County Road Commission.