Lack of traffic signs may have caused fatal accident

NEWAYGO COUNTY, MICH. - After a fatal crash in Newaygo County, a viewer reached out to WZZM 13 and said she is concerned about a lack of traffic signs in the area that would warn people of a stop ahead.

Tess Alyea lives just down the road from where Wednesday's fatal crash took place and she is asking for more stop ahead signs.

"That would prevent so many accidents in this area," Alyea says.

A teen driver wouldn't have crashed into her neighbor's yard either.

"He slid thru the stop sign and hit their mailbox," she said, and she added  the fatal crash at this intersection wouldn't have happened.

Alyea has voiced her concern at the township level, a move Kelly Smith, the Managing Director for Newaygo County Road Commission, said is the first move to make a change.

"Making us aware is a necessity," Smith said.

Smith said the agency needs both observant community members, like Alyea, and drivers to let them know if something needs to be checked.

"In our county we have 1,600 miles of road between ours and M-DOT's, and we can not get over every mile every day.  And things change. Things come up missing, get damaged or fail for whatever reason," Smith said.

Smith is waiting to hear from police about the cause of the crash and says if asked, he'll have the intersection Alyea is concerned about reviewed. 

"Anyone with concerns over a dangerous intersection or signs at an intersection should make a formal complaint to their local road commission," Smith said. 

Michigan State Police have taken over the investigation of Wednesday's fatal crash, working to figure out the cause.

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