Preliminary Findings Indicate Three Out of Four Fatalities Over 2018 Fourth of July Holiday Were Pedestrians

Contact: Spl/F/Lt. Jim Flegel, State Services Bureau, 517-284-3724

July 5, 2018
Preliminary reports indicate four people lost their lives in three separate traffic crashes during the two-day 2018 Fourth of July holiday. Three out of the four fatalities were pedestrians.  In contrast, 14 people lost their lives last year in 14 separate crashes during the four-day Fourth of July holiday weekend. 
Of the three deadly crashes:
  • Three victims were pedestrians
  • Restraint use was unknown in one of the fatal crashes
  • Alcohol use does not appear to be a factor in any of the crashes
“These numbers are preliminary and only reflect those fatalities reported to the Michigan State Police as of 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 5,” stated Spl/F/Lt. Jim Flegel, MSP traffic safety specialist.  “We continue to urge motorists to be aware of your surroundings at all times, and give both pedestrians and bicyclists plenty of room on the roadways.  Never operate a vehicle while impaired on alcohol or drugs, and avoid all distractions.”
The 2018 Fourth of July holiday ran from 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3, through 11:59 p.m. on
Wednesday, July 4, 2018.