The victim of Saturday’s fatal crash on US 10-31 was a father of four children and a US Marine veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Mason County Press reports.

Jacob Gross, 31, of Roscommon had been working in the area as a heating and cooling technician and as a carpenter, according to his uncle, Joseph Jaber.

“He was a good father and husband,” Jaber said. Gross was driving east on US 10-31 about 1/4 mile west of Stiles Road Saturday when his vehicle crossed into the westbound lane about 6:10 p.m., according to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

The vehicle sideswiped a westbound 2017 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck driven by Michael Stacey, 61, of Grand Rapids. Gross’ vehicle then struck a westbound Chevrolet SUV, driven by Donald Nelson, 58, of Whitehall. Nelson was hauling a lightweight sailboat.

The sailboat came off the trailer and landed in the windshield of Gross’ vehicle, killing him. Stacey had minor injuries and was transported to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital, Sheriff Kim Cole said. Nelson was uninjured. The passengers in the pickup and SUV were not injured.

Sheriff Cole said he is not officially identifying the fatal victim yet until the medical examiner’s office can make a positive identification. Jaber said, however, that the family has been notified and that the victim’s vehicle was Jaber’s and that his driver’s license was with him as well.

Responding to the scene, in addition to Mason County Sheriff’s Office, were Scottville Police Department, Scottville Fire Department, Ludington Fire Department, Mason County Medical Examiner’s Office, and Life EMS. Pere Marquette Township Fire Department’s ladder truck was also called to assist the sheriff’s office with documenting the scene.

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