GLADWIN COUNTY – On Tuesday, Feb. 4 at approximately 7:15 p.m. Deputies from the Gladwin County Sheriff’s Office were called to investigate what was reported as a dead horse blocking the roadway on S. Bard Rd. within Beaverton Township. A second call to Gladwin County Central Dispatch indicated a male subject and a smashed Amish buggy had been located in a ditch near the horse.
Through the course of investigation, it was determined the Amish buggy had been traveling northbound on S. Bard Rd. when it was struck from behind by a vehicle that fled the scene of the crash. The only occupant in the buggy was identified as a 20-year-old male from the Gladwin area. He was transported by ambulance to the Mid Michigan Medical Center in Gladwin and flown by helicopter to the Midland Hospital Trauma Unit for life threatening injuries.
Deputies located the involved vehicle, a 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 Pickup, at a residence in Gladwin City. The driver of the pickup was identified as a 30-year-old male subject from Alger. The driver of the pickup truck sustained no injuries. It was also determined the driver of the pickup had a denied and revoked driver license. The individual’s name is being withheld pending criminal charges.
“We are in the process of submitting the report to the Gladwin County Prosecutors Office,” Detective Sargent Cuddie said. “We did not make an arrest, its still an open investigation. Last I knew the Amish man was in critical but stable condition neural trauma ICU at the Midland Hospital.”