One woman died and seven people, including four children, were seriously injured after a driver suspected of being high on marijuana lost control of her SUV and crashed head-on with a car. Angela Grierson, 28, of Mancelona, who was sitting in the passenger seat of the car, died in the Jan. 11 crash.
A 39-year-old woman from California, who Grand Traverse County Sheriff Scott Fewins said may have used marijuana before the accident, lost control of her Dodge Durango on M-72 near Watson Road about 6 p.m. That woman, and a 39-year-old female passenger, also from California, were listed in serious condition at Munson Medical Center Monday. Also listed in serious condition was 2-year-old Tegan Elkins, a passenger in the car. Natosha Elkins, 4, Britany Elkins, 10, and 11-year-old Eden Elkins were airlifted Sunday for treatment at a the University of Michigan hospital, Fewins said. Randy Elkins, 32, the driver of the car, was listed in fair condition at Munson Monday. A second fatality occurred along the same stretch of highway last Sunday, just over the Kalkaska County line.
Kalkaska sheriff's deputies identified the victim of that crash as Elisabeth Dawn Everett, 26, of South Lyon. She was a passenger in a vehicle that lost control on snowy roads and was hit by two other vehicles at 2:20 p.m., police said.