Attica crash victim was active, caring volunteer
Ingrid Baillod was among three whodied in multi-car accident on Friday
|Police officers and paramedics rush accident victim Lucille Kroninger to waiting Med Flight helicopter after a multi-vehicle accident on Lake Pleasant Rd. on Friday afternoon. Kroninger and her husband, Richard, succumbed to their injuries. Attica resident Ingrid Baillod, 71, was a third victim. photo by Maria Brown.|
November 21, 2007ATTICA TWP. — A 71-year-old Attica woman was among three people killed in a multi-vehicle accident Friday afternoon on Lake Pleasant Rd.
Ingrid Baillod, a community volunteer, was pronounced dead at the scene. An Oxford couple, Richard Kroninger, 81, and Lucile Kroninger, 76, succumbed later to their injuries at Hurley Trauma Center in Flint.
According to Michigan State Police Trooper Denis McGukin of the Lapeer Post, Richard Kroninger was northbound on Lake Pleasant Rd., just north of M-21, when his 2005 Cadillac CTS crossed the centerline and collided head-on with Baillod's southbound 1999 Pontiac Bonneville.
Richard Kroninger was transported by ambulance to Hurley, and his wife, a front-seat passenger, was airlifted to Hurley. Both passed away at the hospital.
A third vehicle, driven by Dina Tallis of Lum, was unable to avoid the collision and struck the Kroninger vehicle. Tallis and her seven-year-old daughter, Ashlee, were treated for minor injuries.
The road remained closed for several hours while members of the state police's traffic crash reconstruction unit began their investigation.
Other emergency units at the scene included: Lapeer County Sheriff's Dept., Imlay City Police Dept., Lapeer EMS, Attica Twp. Fire Dept., and Imlay City Fire Dept.
Baillod, who was born and raised in Germany, later immigrated to the U.S. and became an American citizen in 1998.
She was an active member of Attica United Methodist Church and a volunteer at Imlay City schools, where her grandchildren were students.
Renee Billington, who knew Baillod through her activities at the church, described her friend as being "ever cheerful and helpful."
"Ingrid always had a smile on her face and was quick to laugh," recalled Billington. "She had a joy and zest for life. She was constantly going and was very active—a terrific lady, mother and grandmother."
Billington said Baillod's contributions to the church were particularly notable.
"Ingrid had a deep faith and caring for people," she said. "She was the person who was in charge of visiting our shut-ins. This is a great loss to all of us who knew her. She will be missed."
Lorraine Schmidt, another friend from the church, recalled Baillod's baking skills and generous nature.
"I knew her from doing Bible studies together," said Schmidt. "She liked to knit sweaters and bake cookies and she would donate them for our church bazaar. She was a really sweet person."
See complete obituary on page 2-C.
Editor's note: Assistant Editor Maria Brown contributed to this report.