Novi resident, 32, killed in single-car crash

By: Charity Meier | Novi Note | Published October 3, 2022 | Updated October 4, 2022 3:53pm

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NOVI — A 32-year-old Novi resident was killed early Monday morning after the vehicle that he was riding in struck a tree in the area of Cranbrooke and Nilan drives, which is near 10 Mile and Haggerty roads.

Police believe the vehicle, a Mercury Milan, was headed southbound on Cranbrooke when it crossed the median and struck a tree at 3 a.m. All three people in the vehicle were injured, police said.

The 32-year-old man, Justin Mark Griesemer, was seated in the back seat and was not wearing his seat belt, according to police. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at Ascension Providence Hospital-Novi Campus, police said. The driver, 24, of Plymouth, sustained minor injuries, and the other passenger, a 24-year-old Novi man, was treated for a broken leg, police said.

The Novi Police Department, along with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office crash reconstruction unit, is conducting the investigation. According to Novi Police Cmdr. Jason Meier, alcohol and speed are believed to have been contributing factors in the crash.

The driver was scheduled to be arrainged Oct. 4 on one count of operating while intoxicated causing death, a 15-year felony, and one count of OWI causing serious injury, a five-year felony.