Alcohol a factor as Iowa man killed in Sheridan crash


By Daily News • Last Updated 9:47 am on Monday, April 30, 2012

An Iowa man is confirmed dead and another was flown to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids after crashing in Sheridan. — Daily News/Cory Smith

 

SHERIDAN — An Iowa man is confirmed dead and another was flown to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids after a two-vehicle accident in Sheridan on Sunday evening.

Montcalm County Sheriff's Office investigators talk at the scene of Sunday's accident in Sheridan. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Deputies believe a 1995 Chevy Blazer, driven by 33-year-old Timothy Cain of Sheridan, was traveling eastbound on Sessions Road when Cain ran the stop sign at the intersection of Sessions Road and South Sheridan Road at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Cain struck a southbound 1997 Chevy Astro Van, driven by 72-year-old Larry Claflin of Iowa.

After impact, both vehicles left the roadway southeast of the intersection.

Both drivers, who were not wearing seatbelts, were ejected from their vehicles.

Claflin was pronounced dead at the scene.

“One person is confirmed to be a fatal,” Sgt. Mike Williams of the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office said on scene. “The other was flown by AeroMed to Grand Rapids.”

Cain was transported to Sheridan Community Hospital by Montcalm County Emergency Services and later transferred to Butterworth Hospital by AeroMed, where he remains in critical condition.

According to Montcalm County Undersheriff Mark Bellinger, alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident, which remains under investigation.

“The accident is being investigated by our traffic re-constructionists,” Bellinger said. “We believe alcohol is a factor in the case.”

M-66 was closed for several hours while Deputies investigated accident.

The Sheridan Community Fire Department assisted on the scene.

Montcalm County Sheriff's Office personnel investigate the scene of Sunday's accident in Sheridan. — Daily News/Cory Smith

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