GRANT Twp. – The Iosco County Prosecutor’s Office, on Jan. 3, issued a charge against Cheryl Ann Smith, 61, Hale. The charge is for failing to use due care when passing a stationary emergency vehicle, causing injury to emergency personnel; contrary to MCL 257.653a(3).
The Iosco County Sheriff’s Office advises that a warrant was issued, with a bond set at $5,000.
Smith turned herself in to the sheriff’s office on Jan. 8, has since posted bond and is now awaiting arraignment.
MCL 257.653a(3) is punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, or imprisonment for not more than two years, or both.
As recently reported, it was on Dec. 31, 2019, when sheriff’s office deputies and a wrecker driver were on the scene of a vehicle that had went into the ditch on M-55, near Binder Road in Grant Township.
Those from the sheriff’s office say that the roadway was covered in ice and snow.
Two deputies and the wrecker driver had partially shut down the roadway and had their emergency lights active.
Deputies contend that Smith was traveling in excessive speeds for roadway conditions and lost control of her vehicle, before striking the A+ Automotive wrecker driver – Darwin Groff, 62, Baldwin Township.
He was reportedly walking outside his vehicle when he was hit by the full-size pickup.
Groff was taken by ambulance to Ascension St. Joseph Hospital in Tawas City, and was later transferred to St. Mary’s Trauma Center for his injuries.
The Iosco County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Iosco County EMS, the Grant Township Fire Department and a trooper from the Michigan State Police.