2018-11-08 / Front Page

G-L graduate dies in high-speed crash

by Amy Hubbell
of the Enterprise

Two families.

Forever changed.

Such is the case in the Maple City where one family is grieving the death of a son; and another has a son in jail facing serious criminal charges.

Anthony Case, 20, was killed Friday in Traverse City, when the car in which he was riding, was involved in a high speed chase, resulting in a crash.

According to the Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Office a deputy observed a northbound vehicle traveling on U.S. 31 South near Sundowner Drive at a high rate of speed — 123 mph in a 55 mph zone.

The driver of the car was 20-year-old Michael A. Greenshields, 20, of Maple City.

The deputy initiated his emergency lights and siren attempting to conduct a traffic stop. However, the vehicle attempted to evade the deputy and traveled on McRae Hill Road, Silver Pines and E. Silver Lake Road.

The speeding car then turned off the running lights on the car, leading the deputy to lose sight of the vehicle near Rennie School Road. The vehicle was eventually found crashed on E. Silver Lake Road, south of Rennie School Road.

Northflight EMS, Metro Fire and Blair Township Fire and EMS responded to the scene along with the Michigan State Police, who is investigating the crash.

Case was dead at the scene. Greenshields, a 20-year-old female from Kingsley and a 16-year-old male passenger were transported to Munson Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Greenshields’ Preliminary Breath Test at the crash scene was .009.

He was arrested and now sits in the Grand Traverse County Jail charged with fleeing and eluding causing death and Operating While Impaired Causing Death.

The accident remains under investigation.

In Leelanau County case, Greenshields pleaded guilty Tuesday via video arraignment to a probation violation in connection with a separate charge of minor operating with a blood alcohol content of .02 to .07.

Meanwhile, family and friends will gather today at West Side Community Church to lay Case to rest.

Both Case and Greenshields attended Glen Lake, where Case played football and was involved in 4-H.

After graduating in 2016, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and completed boot camp at Parris Island, S.C.

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