RONALD TOWNSHIP — A Greenville man was arraigned Wednesday on charges for operating while intoxicated causing death, a 15-year felony, according to the Ionia County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies responded to Jefferson Road north of Nickleplate Road in Ronald Township for an accident at about 1:23 a.m. Wednesday.
Police say a silver Ford F-150 was traveling north on Jefferson Road when Brett Petersen, 26, of Greenville, lost control and the vehicle left the roadway. The truck crashed into a culvert and into an unoccupied vehicle that was sitting for sale in the front yard of a nearby residence. Evidence at the scene indicates the truck was airborne for a short time before coming to rest on the passenger side of the vehicle.
Petersen was able to climb from the truck and call for help. The passengers, Chad Ronald-Flashaar Saladin, 27, and Ryan Lee Johnson, 35, both of Greenville, were trapped in the truck.
After emergency crews extracted the passengers, it was confirmed that Saladin had sustained fatal injuries in the crash. Johnson was taken via ambulance to Grand Rapids with non-life threatening injuries.
Petersen was arraignment in 64A District Court in Ionia after being arrested at the scene. He is being held in the Ionia County Jail with a bond of $25,000 cash/surety.
The crash remains under investigation by the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office. Police believe alcohol and weather were factors in the crash.
Assisting at the scene were the Ionia Department of Public Safety, Michigan State Police, Ionia County Central Dispatch, Ronald County Fire Department, Ruehs Wrecker Service and Reed and Hoppes Wreckers Service.
Saladin, the son of Keith and Brenda Saladin, was a 2004 graduate of Greenville High School, where he played football, wrestled and pole vaulted for the Yellow Jackets. He was active with Boy Scout Troop 130 and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He earned degrees in nuclear medicine and health systems management from Ferris State University and worked as an emergency room technician at Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville.
Funeral services for Saladin will be 11 a.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church in Greenville. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care in Greenville.