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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 09/12/12
Clifford man dies
from Bruce Twp accident
by CHRIS GRAYAn Imlay City man has been arraigned in relation to a traffic collision in Bruce Township that claimed the life of a Clifford driver.
Observer Staff Writer
The Macomb County Sheriff's Office has arrested an Imlay City man for causing the death of Michael Bowlsby, 32, of Clifford in a three-vehicle accident on Aug. 30.
Around 7 p.m. a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Bowlsby was traveling southbound on Van Dyke between 34 Mile Road and 35 Mile Road waiting to turn into the Romeo RIM parking lot.
His vehicle was hit from behind by a Ford F-350 pickup truck driven by Cody Will, 23, of Imlay City. The collision pushed the car into northbound traffic, causing it to be struck by a 2003 Dodge Caravan.
Bowlsby died of his injuries while at the Henry Ford Macomb Hospital. Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said it is unknown as to whether he was wearing a seatbelt.
The driver of the van, a 58-year-old man from Shelby Township, was transported to Henry Ford Macomb for treatment. Will was treated at the scene.
"With the information we have and what the driver told is that he took his eyes off the roadway," Wickersham said. "When he looked back up, he saw the vehicle was stopped and wasn't able to stop in time."
Will was charged with four misdemeanor charges: One count of moving violation causing death, one count of moving violation causing serious impairment of a body function, one count of operation without security and one count of unlawful license plate/registration/title use.
Cody Will was arraigned on Sept. 6 at the 42-1 District Court in Romeo with bond set at $5,000.
According to the sheriff's office, both drivers were wearing their seatbelts and alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the accident.