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Almont woman killed in crash

Guadalupe Alberts
December 26, 2007
IMLAY CITY — Guadalupe Alberts was on her way to play Bingo on the evening of Dec. 18 when a traffic accident on M-53 claimed her life.

The 64-year-old mother of three and grandmother of five had just chatted with her sister-in-law Barbara Andrews over the weekend, and was full of news about the weather and the upcoming holidays.

Andrews, formerly of Capac, says she was shocked and saddened when the phone rang in her Nevada home and she learned that Alberts had died.

"She was just the best mother and the most caring person," Andrew, 72, recalls. "She did everything she could to help people that were in need. She was kind-hearted and very family oriented."

Alberts was killed around 5:15 p.m. on Dec. 18 in a head-on crash on M-53 (Van Dyke), north of Webster Rd.

Lapeer County Sheriff's Dept. investigators report that Alberts was northbound in a 1996 Skylark, when she veered into the southbound lane, striking a 2007 Ford Fusion driven by Jack Heacock, 64, of Attica.

Heacock and his wife, Lue, 59, were removed from their vehicle by Imlay City Fire and Rescue and transferred to Beaumont hospitals in Troy and Royal Oak, where both were in stable condition.

Alberts, who was reportedly not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene, Sgt. Jason Parks reported.

Parks said neither weather conditions nor excessive speeds appeared to be factors in the crash.

Although a witness reported that Albert's vehicle had been weaving in traffic, Parks said he has no reason to believe that alcohol contributed to the accident.

"She (Alberts) was a diabetic," said Parks, "so we'll be looking at her blood levels to determine if that might have been a factor."

Parks said a witness reported that Albert's vehicle had been weaving prior to the accident.

As a result of the accident, traffic along Van Dyke between Hunters Creek and Webster Roads had to be diverted for about two-and-a-half hours.

Assisting at the crash scene were Imlay City and Almont police officers.

The crash is still under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff's Dept.

Alberts, previously of Imlay City and Flint, was a retired home health care provider and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Imlay City. She leaves behind sons Lawrence Alberts Jr. of Capac, Vincent Alberts of Almont and daughter Antoinette Alberts of Imlay City, as well as five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Mon., Dec. 24) at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Imlay City.

For a complete obituary see page 6-D.

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