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Single Vehicle Fatal Crash 04/01/2022

  • April 4 2022
Midland County Sheriff Media Release

April 4, 2022 - NEWS RELEASE

On Friday, April 1, 2022 at approximately 11:36pm, the Midland County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle traffic crash that claimed the life of 40 year old Donald Essenburg of Edenville Township.  The crash occurred on North Lake Sanford Road just south of West Fike Road in Edenville Township.

The preliminary investigation indicates that Mr. Essenburg was driving a blue 2006 Chrysler Pacifica northbound on North Lake Sanford Road and failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway which resulted in his vehicle leaving the roadway, colliding into trees, traveling down an embankment and then overturn.

The driver’s side front airbag was deployed in the vehicle and evidence indicates that the driver was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.  Mr. Essenburg was pronounced deceased at the scene.

While there is no evidence to indicate that alcohol or drugs may have been a factor in this crash, we are awaiting toxicology reports for a final determination.

Midland County Sheriff’s Office personnel were assisted at the scene by Edenville and Jerome Township Fire Departments, MyMichigan EMS, and the Midland County Medical Examiner.

Midland County Sheriff Myron Greene

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