2017-12-28 / Local News

Accident victim recalled fondly

By Amy Hubbell
Of The Enterprise staff

Speed is believed to have been a factor in a one-car accident Saturday morning that killed a 22-year-old Maple City woman.

Nicole Danielle Swanson was northbound on Maple City Road about 3 a.m. when she lost control of her 2002 Nissan in wintry conditions, veered off the right side of the road and struck a large tree just north of East Kasson Road.

“We’re still investigating but speed was a factor,” Undersheriff Steve Morgan said. “It was a particularly violent crash.”

Swanson was remembered fondly by her coworkers at Anderson’s Glen Arbor Market. She was scheduled to work later on the day of the accident.

“I still don’t believe it,” Anderson’s grocery manager Monty Basch said.

Swanson was outgoing and quickly forge friendships with co-workers and Anderson’s customers alike.

On her last day of work, Basch said Swanson delivered a birthday card she had prepared for year-round customer.

“When she left, I said, ‘See you tomorrow,’” Basch said. “She was cheerful … Always a smile on her face.”

According to Swanson’s Facebook page, she had moved to Leelanau County in 2015 and was a student at Ferris State University.

Deputies responding to a 911 call found a passerby citizen attempting to render aid to the driver, whom he had pulled from the vehicle with the engine compartment burning.

Despite the man’s efforts, Swanson was pronounced dead at the scene. Her vehicle had collided head-on into one of the large maple trees that lines the road.

The passerby, a newspaper delivery person, told deputies that he had witnessed Swanson accelerate after turning from M-72 onto Maple City Road.

Roads at the time were slick with patches of black ice, Morgan said.

Morgan said yesterday he had no indication that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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