Police Suspect Drunk Driving in Fatal Accident
On Sunday, October 4th, shortly after 7 pm, a fatal accident took place on M-66, just north of Four Mile road near Remus. The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the crash, and suspects that the cause may have been alcohol.
According to the Sheriff’s Deputies who have reconstructed the accident thus far, it was a head-on collision, which cost one man his life, and put two others in hospital. 47-year-old Stacy Brown, a resident of Greenville, is said to have crossed the centerline in his northbound pickup truck and directly struck an oncoming, southbound vehicle.
The second vehicle, containing two people from Owosso, was badly damaged. The driver, 24-year-old Joseph Nicholas Genovese, was declared dead at the scene. The passenger, 22-year-old Jessica Martin, and Brown both sustained life-threatening injuries. They were airlifted to a hospital in Grand Rapids, where they remain in critical condition.
According to the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office, the incident is currently being investigated as a drunk driving fatal accident. Thus far, no information has been released regarding Brown’s BAC at the time of the accident, or whether there were any other factors involved that night.
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