2017-09-07 / Local News

Equalization director injured but OK after head-on accident


COUNTY EQUALIZATION Director Laurie Spencer was involved in a rollover accident on M-22 Friday in Bingham Township when a Suttons Bay man drove into her lane, hitting her head-on. COUNTY EQUALIZATION Director Laurie Spencer was involved in a rollover accident on M-22 Friday in Bingham Township when a Suttons Bay man drove into her lane, hitting her head-on. The Leelanau County Equalization Director was involved in a three vehicle accident on M-22 on Friday that caused her vehicle to roll over.

Laurie Spencer was treated and released at Munson Medical Center for minor injuries, according to Sheriff Mike Borkovich, and was home recovering earlier this week.

The accident took place when a Suttons Bay man who was headed north on M-22 came up behind a red Mustang, also in the northbound lane, that was stopped to make a left-hand turn into a driveway, Borkovich said.

The Suttons Bay man realized he couldn’t stop in time and tried to go around the Mustang, clipping it in the process. He then hit the Subaru driven by Spencer, who was traveling south after work, causing her vehicle to roll.


SPENCER SPENCER Borkovich, who was less than a mile down the road when the accident took place, said Spencer was trapped inside her vehicle and needed to be extracted with a hydraulic extraction device.

She was immediately transported to Munson. There is no word on when she will return to work.

“Her car really saved her,” Borkovich said of Spencer’s totaled Subaru. “The car looked like no one could have survived the crash, but she did.”

The head-on accident took place at about 5:15 p.m. in Bingham Township about 1/2 mile south of Shady Lane.

The Suttons Bay man was apparently also on his way home from work, Borkovich said. Alcohol, drugs and excessive speed were not factors in the accident, he said.

The at-fault driver was ticketed.

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