Deadly crash raises questions on dealership deliveries

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A deadly car crash in Kalamazoo is raising questions about how semi-trucks deliver cars to dealerships along Stadium Drive. 

A man crashed his car into one of those car carriers around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday night on Stadium Drive. He died at the scene.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what led up to this deadly crash last night. But one thing is clear: 28-year-old Kevin “AJ” Alleshouse crashed into the back of a semi carrying a load of cars.

Stadium Drive, just east of US-131 in Kalamazoo is known for its car dealerships that line both sides of the road. 

Capt. Matt Huber with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety says it’s not uncommon for semi car carriers to park in the center lane to unload their shipment of new cars.

“Yes, I have seen them parked there before, and we’re in the process of addressing that,” he said.

KDPS is addressing it after last night’s deadly car crash. 

“At this time, there’s no evidence that supports the vehicle slowed the speeds before it hit the parked car carrier,” said Huber.

Although Huber says the crash is still under investigation, his department is looking at why the truck was parked in the center lane.

“Yes, it is part of our investigation about the lawfulness of the car carrier parked in the center turn lane while he was unloading his cars,” he said. “It is a violation of state law to obstruct, impede, any kind of vehicle or pedestrian traffic on a roadway.”

On Thursday, 24 Hour News 8 contacted Grace Logistical Services, the trucking company that owns the semi that was delivering the cars. They wouldn’t comment about what happened.

Friday, Mickey Seelye, the owner of Seelye Kia of Kalamazoo, which is one of the car dealerships on Stadium Drive, released the following statement, in part:

“Seelye Auto Group of Kalamazoo is very disheartened by the news of the young man’s accident and tragic death on Stadium Drive and they send their condolences to the young man’s family.  Seelye Auto Group has a dedicated safe drop off area on their property for semi trucks to use on their 13 acre property.  The driver of the semi truck and the owner of the semi truck involved in this accident are in no way affiliated with Seely Auto Group of Kalamazoo.   Deliveries by Semi truck to Seelye Auto Group are made in their private lot with plenty of room for semi truck’s to unload and turn around in a safe and spacious space.  The driver of the semi truck, in this instance, ignored the option of unloading in a clearly marked safe drop off point on the private lot off of Stadium Drive and instead opted to stop in the middle of the intersection in direct opposition to Seelye Auto Group’s policy and clearly marked signs as pictured here:  

Capt. Huber said the circumstances surrounding the crash are still unclear.

“[We don’t know] whether it was a medical issue or another reason why the accident occurred,” he said. “We’re still waiting for toxicology reports to come back on the deceased driver.”

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