Monday, April 24, 2017

Sheriff's Department is Investigating a Three Car Fatal Traffic Crash

The Isabella County Sheriff’s Department responded to a three-car traffic crash that occurred at approximately 10:14 pm last night in the southbound lane of US 127, just south of Baseline Rd. in Union Township.

A 2005 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Ryan Michael Tree (41 years old from Shepherd, MI) was traveling north in the southbound lanes of US 127 when it collided head-on with a 2014 Volkswagen Passat. The Volkswagen was driven by Scott Michael Kuhnert (45 years old from Bath, MI). Mr. Kuhnert’s vehicle then ended up striking a 2010 Ford Focus driven by Joshua Mark Watters (21 years old from Mt. Pleasant, MI).

Both Ryan Michael Tree and Scott Michael Kuhnert died at the scene. A passenger in Kuhnert’s vehicle, Ellen Monahan Andary (57 years old from Bath, MI) was air-lifted to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing by LifeNet for numerous injuries. Joshua Mark Watters and Thomas William Arends (15 years old from Mt. Pleasant, MI) sustained minor injuries and were transported to McLaren Central Michigan by Mobile Medical Response (MMR).

US 127 was shut down from the Rosebush Rd. exit to the M-20 exit in Mt. Pleasant for approximately 2½ hours as a result of the traffic crash.

Date and Time: Friday, December 5, 2014 at approximately 10:14 pm.

Location: The Isabella County Sheriff’s Department responded to a three-car traffic crash that occurred at approximately 10:14 pm last night in the southbound lane of US 127, just south of Baseline Rd. in Union Township.

Safety Belts Used: All individuals except Ryan Tree were wearing seat belts.

Alcohol Involved: Ryan Tree had been drinking just prior to the crash.

Assisted By: The Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by Michigan State Police, Mt. Pleasant Police, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police, Shepherd Police, Mt. Pleasant Fire/Rescue, Mobile Medical Response (MMR) and LifeNet.

The accident remains under investigation by the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department.