A 1-year-old boy died Dec. 10 in a vehicle crash on Interstate 94, near Martin Road, in St. Clair Shores. Photo from Michigan State Police Twitter

A 1-year-old boy died Dec. 10 in a vehicle crash on Interstate 94, near Martin Road, in St. Clair Shores. Photo from Michigan State Police Twitter

Michigan State Police photo


GoFundMe set up for funeral for boy killed in I-94 crash in St. Clair Shores

Van driver released from custody

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published December 11, 2019

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — A local family is mourning the loss of a boy who turned 1 in August after a flat tire led to a horrific crash on Interstate 94.

According to Michigan State Police Metro Detroit on Twitter, troopers were dispatched to a serious crash on the eastbound side of the freeway, near Martin Road in St. Clair Shores, at 6 a.m. Dec. 10.

The preliminary investigation has uncovered that a van was traveling in the left center lane when it moved into the left lane and rear-ended a passenger car. 

According to a GoFundMe page set up by the grandmother of the boy, his mother was en route to drop him off to be watched while she went to work when she experienced a blown-out tire on the freeway. She was awaiting help when the van, driven by a 37-year-old man from Toledo, struck her disabled vehicle while traveling at the posted speed.

Michigan State Police 1st Lt. Mike Shaw said last week that police had not yet been able to verify that the vehicle had experienced a blown-out tire, but the vehicle was still in the left lane of the freeway when it was struck.

The driver of the van, as well as the driver and passenger of the car, were taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. The GoFundMe page states that the mother was nearly killed in the crash as well and is in immense physical pain from broken ribs and a possible broken spine, as well as grieving the loss of her only child. 

“We are all in shock and don’t know where to begin to help support and heal our family,” Sherry Martin stated on the GoFundMe page at gofundme.com/f/rbeer-funeral-for-chase. 

According to tweets from the Michigan State Police, the boy was properly restrained in a car seat at the time of the crash.

Police initially took the driver of the van into custody, but he has since been released. The investigation remained ongoing at press time.

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