GENESEE TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (11/6/2019) - Damage to the guardrail, cones and police tape on Genesee Road indicate where Genesee Township police say a driver ran off the road into C.S. Mott Lake on Tuesday evening.
"We don't know at this point whether it was a medical, it was drugs or anything else," Chief John Mullaly said.
But, he said 911 received two to three calls just before the crash from concerned people saying the Pontiac Grand Prix had been driving all over the road.
As the driver went flying into C.S. Mott Lake just before 7 p.m. Tuesday, Mulally said he hit a Genesee Township man fishing on the embankment. Two other fisherman just feet away escaped injury.
It's not clear at this point if the fisherman drowned or was killed by the car's impact.
"There was a real strong current and he had went around and we found the body on the west side of the lake," Mullaly said.
The driver was also killed. Mulally said he's from Genesee Township, too. He believes both men are in their 50s.
"Here's a guy that's fishing and loses his life from a car that jumps a guardrail and hits him while he's fishing. It's unheard of," Mullaly said. "But,these are the types of things we've been dealing with lately."
Since August, Genesee Township has seen a considerable uptick in traffic crashes and many of those have been deadly.
"These have been all over and the circumstances have been different on each one," Mulally said. "It's just a rash. I mean, it seems like one starts, another one happens right after it."
Adding to the already catastrophic situation, the car landed on a cage protecting a 16-inch water main, which had to be shut down for fear it would explode. Mulally said that left about 5,000 homes and businesses without water for several hours.
Autopsies on both men who died in the incident are expected to be completed this week. Toxicology reports could take 30 to 60 days, according to Mulally.