2016-09-08 / Courts

THC found in driver of fatal accident

The Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office has closed its investigation into the Aug. 20 accident that claimed the lives of three downstate men, finding that the driver had elevated levels of THC in his system when the 8 a.m. Leland Township crash took place.

Blood results taken from Brian Surhigh Jr., 26, show that he had a THC level of 4.2 ng/ml of blood at the time of the crash. No alcohol was detected in that sample.

THC is the primary intoxicant in marijuana and hashish.

Surhigh, of Algonac, was dead at the scene of the accident.

Also dead are 41-year-old Lamareo Baldwin, who was a front seat passenger in the F-150 Ford pick-up truck, and 35-year-old Larvelle Small, a back-seat passenger. Both men were from Detroit.

The accident on M-22 between Schomberg and Overby roads, also put two men, a 22-year-old and a 26-yearold, both from Detroit, in the hospital. Those men were both back-seat passengers.

The Sheriff’s Office has not yet released the names of those injured passengers or their conditions.

The men were working on a home being built in the area and were on their way to work when the accident took place. High speed and slippery roads were to blame, Sheriff Mike Borkovich has said.

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