Howard City fatal accidents remain under investigation

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 12:08 pm on Thursday, July 26, 2012

Mariah Kohn

Scott Gregory

HOWARD CITY — Montcalm County Sheriff’s officials are waiting on toxicology and forensic evidence results before issuing any charges in two recent Howard City accidents that took the lives of two young people.

Mariah Kohn, 19, of Howard City, died July 6 after she was struck by a vehicle while lying on M-46 just north of Howard City.

Scott Gregory, 25, of Howard City, died Friday after being struck by a vehicle in downtown Howard City.
The accidents are unrelated, but Det. Travis Rose, who also is an accident reconstructionist specialist, has been working as the lead investigator on both cases.

“He’s put a lot of time and effort into these cases,” said Undersheriff Mark Bellinger. “He’s put a lot of the pieces of the puzzle together. The biggest holdup is toxicology and forensic evidence that has to be tested, which could take six to eight weeks.”

Kohn was lying on M-46 near Edgar Road around 5:30 a.m. July 6 when she was struck by a passing vehicle. Another vehicle had narrowly missed striking her just a moment before.

Bellinger does not expect the driver of the vehicle will be charged with a crime. Bellinger doesn’t think anyone else was involved in the reason why Kohn was lying on the road.

“She had been in the M-46 truck stop earlier that morning,” Bellinger said. “We have surveillance footage and other pieces of evidence that tend to verify or confirm that she was not under any duress.”

Sheriff’s officials are waiting on the results of a toxicology screening before determining what, if anything, was in Kohn’s system. Alcohol and/or drugs may have been involved, according to sheriff’s officials.

Kohn is survived by her son, Aiden Reagan, her parents, Michelle and Yale Parker and Kevin and Pamela Kohn, three sisters and two brothers.

Gregory died at the scene after being struck by a vehicle around 2:30 a.m. Friday at West Edgerton and North Muencher in downtown Howard City.

A 24-year-old Howard City man told deputies he saw Gregory’s body a few blocks away from his home and proceeded home to ask his father to call 911. Upon further investigation, deputies discovered evidence that may link the 24-year-old’s vehicle to being involved in the crash.

The 24-year-old man has not been charged with the death, but he was arrested at the scene for operating while intoxicated.

According to Bellinger, the 24-year-old man is currently the only suspect in the accident.

Gregory is survived by his parents, Scott and Mary Gregory, sister, Amanda, and dog, Scully.

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