MSP: Driver runs from deadly crash, arrested

Montcalm County

EVERGREEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan State troopers have arrested a man suspected of killing a 50-year-old woman in a hit-and-run crash Saturday night in Montcalm County.

Lt. David Cope of the MSP Rockford Post said a 23-year-old Carson City man was taken into custody and lodged in the Montcalm County Jail awaiting arraignment. Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in the crash.

Authorities told News 8 they responded to the crash just after 7:15 p.m. on Stanton Road near Wyman Road. A 2001 Chevrolet Malibu was stopped facing east on Stanton Road, waiting to turn north on Wyman Road, when a 2008 GMC Sierra pickup truck, traveling east, slammed into the back of it.

The passenger of the Malibu, 50-year-old Patricia Buskirk from Edmore, was taken to Sheridan Community Hospital, where officials said she later died from her injuries. The 19-year-old driver of the Malibu was treated by EMS on scene for injuries and is expected to survive.

The driver of the GMC pickup ran away before troopers initially arrived and has since been found and taken into custody.

MSP is investigating the crash. Anyone with information is asked to call Montcalm County Dispatch at 989.831.3500 or the MSP Lakeview Post at 989.352.8444.

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