Three dead after crash on icy Monroe Co. highway

Michigan State Police say three people have died after a early morning crash on an icy Monroe County highway.

Authorities say the crash occurred around 5:30 a.m. on U.S. 223 just west of Tabbert Road in Ottawa Lake. Investigators say Sarah G. Prochaska-Carpenter, 30, of Blissfield, was behind the wheel of a 2003 Ford F250 pick-up in the eastbound lane of US 223. She lost control of the truck on the icy roadway and went left of center, striking a westbound 1988 Jeep pick-up driving by Alan J. Gies, 52, of Temperance.

Prochaska-Carpenter and Gies were pronounced dead at the scene. Gies' passenger, Tyler R. Baldwin, 19, of Blissfield, was taken to Toledo Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Gies was the only victim not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

The crash remains under investigation, but authorities say alcohol does not appear to be a factor.