1 killed, 1 hurt after pickup driver goes off road, overcorrects, hits tree in Lapeer County

Passenger Rick Trott killed in crash

The scene of a fatal April 1, 2021, crash on Haines Road in Lapeer.
The scene of a fatal April 1, 2021, crash on Haines Road in Lapeer. (Lapeer County Sheriff's Office)

MAYFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – One man was killed and another was injured when the driver of a pickup truck went off the roadway in Lapeer County, overcorrected and crashed into a tree, officials said.

The crash happened around 2:25 p.m. Thursday (April 1) on Haines Road east of Roods Lake in Mayfield Township, according to authorities.

Deputies with the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office said a 40-year-old Lapeer man was driving a 2003 Dodge pickup truck east on Haines Road when it went off the road to the south.

The truck hit a mailbox and traveled through the shoulder for awhile before the driver overcorrected and went across the east and west lanes, according to authorities.

The truck turned sideways and left the road to the north before hitting a tree, officials said. The tree went several feet into the vehicle, police said.

Lapeer firefighters extricated the driver and the passenger, identified as Rick Trott, 37, of North Branch, Michigan, authorities said.

Both men were unresponsive, according to officials. The 40-year-old man was taken to McLaren Hospital in Lapeer, where he is stable, police said.

Trott was pronounced dead at the scene, according to authorities.

Police closed the road for three hours to investigate the crash. Reconstruction and toxicology reports are pending to determine if speed or alcohol were factors in the crash, authorities said. The speed limit is 55 mph in the area where the crash happened.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office at 810-656-1015.


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