Man Dies In Saturday Crash

A 48-year-old Sandusky man was pronounced dead at the scene of a traffic crash in Imlay Township early Saturday, Lapeer County Sheriff Department reports.  They say deputies were called to the scene on VanDyke south of Bowers Road just after 5 a.m. Saturday.  According to the Sheriff Department release, a 2005 Toyota Sienna minivan driven by a 41-year-old Hamtramck man was northbound on Van Dyke when he failed to navigate a curve and hit the gravel shoulder.  It appears the driver over-corrected while attempting to reenter the roadway, traveling across the northbound lane, entering the southbound lane in front of two other motorist.  A 2005 Toyota side-swiped a southbound 2018 Chevy Cruz driven by a 24-year-old Imlay City man…the driver was uninjured.  The driver of the 2008 Saturn, Gary Franzel was hit head on by the minvan, whose driver was taken to McLaren in Lapeer with life threatening injuries, then later transported to Hurley Medical Center in Flint.  Preliminary investigation suggest that neither alcohol nor excessive speed are factors, with toxicology pending.