‘He had a really big heart’: Family remembers Novi man killed in crash

By: Brian Wells | Novi Note | Published November 13, 2021

 Daniel Chaston, 58, of Novi, was killed in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday morning.

Daniel Chaston, 58, of Novi, was killed in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday morning.

Photo provided by Leanne Rae

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The daughter of a Novi man who was killed in a car crash Tuesday morning described him as a loving, caring father.

“He was the kind of parent that let you get away with murder,” said Danielle Chaston, Daniel Chaston’s oldest daughter. “He didn’t say the word ‘no’ very often.”

Daniel Chaston, 58, of Novi, was killed Tuesday morning when his vehicle struck a tree in the area of Napier and 12 Mile roads. He was pronounced dead at the scene, said Novi Police Lt. Jason Meier.

Danielle Chaston said her father loved his family and his four kids.

“He made sure everybody was OK,” she said. “He had a really big heart.”

Leanne Rae, one of Daniel Chaston’s sisters, said he loved fishing, hunting and the Detroit Red Wings. He was also a celebrated horseshoe player, and he climbed trees.

“He was an awesome father, awesome brother — he was a good person,” Rae said. “He would help anybody if he had it. It’s just sad the way it ended. He was a good guy.”

“It just doesn’t seem real,” Danielle Chaston said.

A GoFundme page has been started to help Chaston’s family with cremation and memorial costs. As of Friday evening, it had raised $400 of its $3,000 goal.

At approximately 4:45 a.m. Nov. 9, Novi police officers were dispatched to the area of Napier and 12 Mile roads. Upon arrival, Wixom police and Huron Valley Ambulance were already on the scene, Meier said in an email. Michigan State Police were called in to conduct an investigation.

An investigation revealed Chaston was driving southbound on Napier Road when he drifted across the road to the east and struck a tree, Meier said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chaston was wearing his seatbelt, Meier said.

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