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Imlay City woman dies in Saturday accident



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August 28, 2017
IMLAY TWP. — A 26 year-old Imlay City woman died in a single-car accident on Saturday morning.

According to the Lapeer County Sheriff's Office, Monica Huerta Rodriguez was westbound on Rider Rd., between Bristol and Bowman roads, just after 9 a.m. when her vehicle left the roadway and struck a small tree on the south side of the road before "striking a much larger tree," Sgt. Jeremy Herfert stated in a press release.

Herfert said it's believed the victim was fatigued at the time of the crash.

"Officer Ryan Wilson from the Almont Police Department arrived on scene and Lapeer County Sheriff deputies arrived on scene and attempted to pry the passenger door open," Herfert stated.

"It was determined that extrication was needed."

The Imlay City Fire Department was dispatched to the scene for extrication purposes.

Others assisting on scene were Lapeer County EMS and Michigan State Police.

The crash remains under investigation by the sheriff's office.

According to her obituary, Rodriguez is a 2008 graduate of Imlay City High School and is survived by her parents, a son and daughter, sister and brother.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Imlay City.

Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she and her family reside in the Capac area where she enjoys gardening and reading.
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