1 dead, another airlifted from crash on U.S. 12 in Michigan northeast of Simonton Lake

The Cass County Sheriff's Department in Michigan was investigating a fatal crash at the intersection of U.S. 12 and Tharp Lake Road on Friday, June 9, 2017.

CASS COUNTY, Mich. — A Bristol man was fighting for his life Friday night after a crash on U.S. 12 in Michigan that left a Cassopolis man dead.

Around 2:05 p.m., 23-year-old Adam Craigo of Bristol was driving a pickup truck north on Tharp Lake Road when he ran a stop sign and slammed into a Mitsubishi Galant traveling west on U.S. 12, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Department. Craigo was ejected from his truck after the impact.

Both vehicles came to rest off the northwest corner of the intersection, where Craigo's truck caught fire.

The driver of the Mitsubishi, 22-year-old David Michael Steven of Cassopolis, was pronounced dead on the scene. Craigo was airlifted by MedFlight from the scene to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, where he was listed in critical condition Friday night.

Police were still investigating late Friday whether alcohol was a factor in the crash and whether the two drivers involved were wearing seat belts. The scene is a few miles northeast of Simonton Lake between Edwardsburg and Union.

UPDATE: Craigo was upgraded to serious but stable condition a day after the crash.

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We just got home from a vacation trip that consisted of about 700 to 800 driving miles . In all we saw maybe 4 to 6 police cars patrolling ..... AND an unbelievable amount of crazy/unsafe , lawless,uncontrolled drivers ! It is very scary trying to get anywhere by automobile anymore ...especially when you are at the mercy of expecting the other drivers to follow the law on their own good behavior ! Why do the police even bother to come to accident scenes ...AFTER THEY HAPPEN ? Oh probably so that the insurance companies have an official opinion of who should do the higher percentage of paying out maybe ? As Mulder told Scully ....THEY'RE OUT THERE !


curious why seatbelts matter? seems bit petty actually when someone died to report that.

are you for real

Seat belts saves lives, so they say.


When a passenger is ejected it can be educational for people who don't wear their belts to read that there was no seat belt worn by that driver. Could be wrong, but just sayin.

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