Missing Detroit man with dementia dies in Howard City crash


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 1:39 pm on Tuesday, December 04, 2012

REYNOLDS TOWNSHIP — A missing elderly Detroit man was killed in a car crash early this morning near Howard City.

According to Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt, police responded to the crash at 2:28 a.m. at the intersection of Amy School Road and M-46 in Reynolds Township. A nearby resident had called 911 to report the sound of a car horn sounding nonstop in the area.

According to police investigation, James Odell Clemons, 74, of Detroit, was traveling in a 2010 Ford Flex westbound on M-46 when he drove over two sets of warning rumble strips and through a stop sign, colliding with a large dirt embankment on the other side of the intersection.

Clemons was in critical condition at the scene and was transported to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, where he later died.

Clemons had previously been reported as a missing dementia patient by family members to the Detroit Police Department.

Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services also responded to the crash scene. Rescue workers didn’t clear the scene until 4:45 a.m.

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