EAST TAWAS – Further information regarding a fatal crash which occurred in East Tawas, on the afternoon of Aug. 31, is expected in the near future.
According to the Michigan State Police (MSP), investigators are waiting for the completion of the medical examiner’s report. “Once complete, all reports will be forwarded to the Iosco County Prosecutor for review of possible criminal charges,” says Commander of the MSP West Branch Post, F/Lt. Christopher Luty.
“Until the Iosco County Prosecutor performs his review, additional information cannot be released,” he explained. “I expect investigators to submit their findings to the prosecutor by the end of this week.”
As previously reported, Dohnovan Xzavier-Lloyd Newcome, 16, Oscoda, was killed while riding his bike, when he was hit by pickup truck at the intersection of US-23 and Tawas Beach Road.
The MSP advised that the preliminary investigation indicated that Newcome was riding his bicycle on the sidewalk. As he was crossing the roadway, in the crosswalk, the driver of the northbound Dodge Ram pickup truck turned right onto Tawas Beach Road and struck the cyclist. Newcome was pronounced dead on scene.
Given that some of the necessary reports are still being finalized, authorities cannot officially release the name of the driver of the involved vehicle. He has been identified only as a 62-year-old male from East Tawas.
Along with the pending medical examiner’s information, the MSP also had to wait for the traffic crash reconstructionist report, before turning the investigation over to the Iosco County Prosecutor’s Office for warrant consideration.
More information will be made available once the investigation is complete, and a decision has been made by the prosecuting attorney.