The Midland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating traffic crash involving five vehicles that claimed the life of a 53 year old Sanford woman. The incident took place on South Meridian Road just south of the intersection of M-20 in Midland County’s Homer Township at approximately 9:30 pm on October 3rd, 2015.
Our investigation indicates that 53 year old Vickie Shauger was stopped for a red light on northbound Meridian Road at the intersection of M-20 in a 2014 Nissan Sentra when she was struck from behind by a 2005 Dodge Neon that was driven by 24 year old Brandon McMullen from Coleman. The impact of this crash pushed the victims vehicle into the back of 1981 Ford F-250 driven by 46 year old Anthony Reed from Ashley, MI. His vehicle was then pushed into a 1996 Ford Ranger pickup driven by 18 year old Jessica Ozment from Merrill, MI and that was also occupied by 18 year old Robert Clark from Merrill and 19 year old Rebekah Rhode from Breckenridge. The Ford Ranger then struck a 1998 Mercury being driven by 59 year old Delfina Skinner from Merrill. The driver and occupants of the Ford Ranger and the Mercury were not injured. The 46 year old driver of the Ford F 250 and the driver of the Dodge Neon were injured as a result of the crash and were transported to Mid Michigan Health by EMS. Their injuries do not appear to be life threatening. The driver of the 2014 Nissan Sentra was pronounced deceased at the scene by Chief Medical Examiner J. Daniel Cline. She was also transported to Mid Michigan Health pending the notification of relatives.
While there is evidence to indicate that alcohol may have been a factor in this crash, we are waiting for toxicology reports for a final determination. This report will be forwarded to the Midland County Prosecutor’s Office for review once it has been completed.
The Midland County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Mid Michigan EMS, the Homer Township Fire Department, and an accident reconstruction specialist from the Michigan State Police.
Sheriff Scott Stephenson