71-year-old man killed in Monroe County crash

Samuel Venier failed to yield to oncoming vehicle, police say


FRENCHTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A 71-year-old Monroe man was killed Wednesday when his vehicle was hit in Frenchtown Township.

Police said Samuel Venier was stopped at the intersection of War Road and Newport Road about 2:26 p.m. He proceeded to turn west onto Newport Road without yielding for an oncoming vehicle, police said.

His 2000 Ford Taurus was struck by the approaching vehicle, a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee. 

Venier was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Jeep, an 18-year-old woman from Newport, was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said drugs and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the crash.

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