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Fatal Accident
Published: August 14, 2007

AUGUST 14, 2007

The Midland County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal traffic crash the incident occurred August 13, 2007 at approximately 1:15 PM, on M-30 near Barden Road located in Jerome Township.  The Jerome and Lincoln Township Fire Departments and Midland County Emergency Medical Services assisted deputies at the scene.

The driver of the vehicles were, a 78 year old male from Elsie, MI Patrick Dennis who was Northbound on M-30 in a 1983 Blue and Silver Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck towing an empty Car Dolly.  The vehicle in front of Dennis was slowing to make a left turn (West) on Barden Road.   Mr. Dennis pulled into the oncoming lane (Southbound) to pass this vehicle and struck a 1997 Black Chevrolet S-10 pickup heading Southbound on M-30.  Two people occupied this vehicle, the driver, John Vanfossen, 18 of Midland and his passenger Jessica Legrande, 18 of Sanford. 

All parties were wearing seatbelts and were transported to the Mid Michigan Regional Medical Center by Midland County Emergency Medical Service.  Mr. Dennis died at the hospital from his injuries.  Vanfossen and Legrande were treated and released from the hospital.

The traffic crash is remains under investigation by the Midland County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Jerry Nielsen

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