Howard City woman killed while lying in the road

By Daily News • Last Updated 6:27 pm on Friday, July 06, 2012

REYNOLDS TOWNSHIP — A Howard City woman was killed after a car struck her while she was lying in the road early this morning.

According to Montcalm County Undersheriff Mark Bellinger, the accident occurred around 5:30 a.m. on M-46 near Edgar Road just north of Howard City.

A westbound 1997 Buick LeSabre driven by a 56-year-old Edmore man struck a 19-year-old Howard City woman. Sheriff’s officials believe the woman was alive before she was struck.

Witnesses told sheriff’s deputies that the woman was lying partially in the roadway when the accident occurred. Another vehicle had narrowly missed striking the woman and had turned around to come back to check on the woman, but then the second vehicle struck her.

The driver whose car struck the woman had not been drinking and speed was not a factor in the accident. Bellinger said alcohol and/or drugs may have been a factor as to why the woman was lying in the road.

The victim’s name is being withheld pending family notification.

Deputies continue to investigate the accident. Anyone who may have seen a pedestrian in the area of the M-46 truck stop around 5:30 a.m. is asked to call the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office at (989) 831-7590 or the tip line at (989) 831-7593.

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