2017-06-18 / News

Almont woman dies on her way to work

IMLAY TWP. — A 51-year-old Almont woman died Tuesday (June 13) morning after being thrown from her SUV on her way to work at Champion Bus.

Lapeer County Undersheriff Jeremy Howe said Cristina Medrano was headed north on Graham Road in her 2002 Jeep Liberty about when she “didn’t quite navigate a slight curve in the road.” Medrano’s Jeep left the east side of the road, she apparently over corrected and shot across to the west side of the road, where her Jeep rolled twice.

Howe said Medrano was ejected from the Jeep through the driver’s side window. He said there were no eyewitnesses, but it appears she was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Deputy Dustin Boyton and Almont Police Dept. Officer Michael Ryan arrived at the 2800 block of Graham Road at 6:45 a.m. to find Medrano’s Jeep on its roof and Medrano on the ground 10 feet away.

“I’ve seen a lot of rollover overs that people walk away from with relatively minor injuries,” Howe said. “Your chances of survival are greatly improved when you’re wearing a seatbelt.” He said alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

Howe noted a nearby neighbor heard the crash and called Central Dispatch.

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