LAPEER COUNTY (WJRT) (12/4/2017) - A Flint man died and two other Flint residents remained in critical condition Monday after the speeding vehicle in which they were riding crashed.
The Lapeer County Sheriff's Department says a deputy driving east on LeValley Road in Columbiaville around 10:50 p.m. saw an eastbound vehicle driven by 20-year-old Tyler Caron approaching from behind at a speed higher than the posted 25 mph.
The deputy pulled to the side and activated his radar, which clocked the vehicle at 54 mph -- more than twice the posted speed limit. The sheriff's department said the deputy heard the vehicle's engine rev as it passed and noticed it was accelerating even faster.
The deputy pulled back onto the roadway and began following the vehicle eastbound on LeValley Road toward Marathon Road. The deputy activated the lights and siren on his patrol car as they approached Peters Road, where the vehicle ran the stop sign.
The deputy, who had a second officer riding with him, stopped at Peters Road before losing sight of the speeding vehicle as it entered a hilly area on LeValley Road.
The deputies could only see taillights from the vehicle in the distance continued speeding through the Klam Road intersection and down a hill. As the patrol car got the top of the hill, the deputies found debris all over the road and saw smoke.
Caron, who was driving on a suspended license, had lost control and slammed into some trees alongside the right shoulder, causing the vehicle to overturn.
Caron died on the scene. His passengers, 22-year-old Tyler McCallister of Flint and 19-year-old Mickenzie Wilson of Flint, both were listed in critical condition at an area hospital on Monday.
The sheriff's department said the patrol car was never in pursuit of the vehicle in the mile and a half between where the deputies clocked it and where it crashed.
An investigation into the incident had not been completed by Monday.