Driver dies in single car accident on U.S. 131

BIG RAPIDS TOWNSHIP — A single vehicle accident over the weekend left one person dead.

At 5:08 p.m. Saturday, April 2, Mecosta County Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a single motor vehicle accident on northbound U.S. 131 at 15 Mile Road in Big Rapids Township. According to a news release, the driver of the vehicle went off the roadway and hit the cement columns supporting the bridge overpass. The driver sustained severe injuries and died at the scene.

The sheriff’s office is withholding information about the driver and vehicle pending further investigation.

Personnel from the following agencies assisted deputies at the scene: Big Rapids Department of Public Safety, Big Rapids Township Fire Department, Mecosta County Sheriff Posse, Ferris State University Department of Public Safety, Big Rapids Towing, Mid-Michigan Medical Examiner Group and the Mecosta County Road Commission.


Deputies with the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office responded to the following calls from March 30 through April 2. All calls may not be reported. All suspects are assumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

• A male filed a fraud complaint in the 2000 block of Arthur in Sheridan Township. He told deputies that his mother’s ex boyfriend used her bank card with authority.   

• A traffic stop for no plate near 50th and 9 Mile Road in Wheatland Township led to driver being arrested on three failure to appear warrants out of Mecosta County. An appearance citation was issued for driving while license suspended and no insurance.

• A female reported receiving mail from inmate. There is a no contact order between them.

• Deputies assisted an individual in the 19000 block of 11 Mile Road in Mecosta Township. According to deputies, a male caller was having difficulty breathing as he was on the phone with the hospital and said he was giving up. Not Suicidal, just upset.

• A report of fraud was made in the 16000 block of 16 Mile Road. The complainant said they purchased four American Eagle Gold coins from Craigslist. The victim met the seller at Big Rapids Department of Public Safety and paid cash for the coins that were fake. 

• Deputies responded to a two vehicle personal injury accident. One injured person was transported to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital. Big Rapids Tow took both vehicles.

• A report of malicious destruction of property was made at the 10000 block of Northland Drive. Deputies said an unknown suspect pulled a power panel off the post sometime between March 30 and March 31. The panel was found near the parking lot off from Northland Drive.  

• Deputies responded to a domestic situation in the 9000 block of 10th Avenue in Wheatland Township. A male was arrested for allegedly assaulting another male.

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