Squirrel Road to close Tuesday for trooper’s funeral

Associated Press

Plainfield Township — Flags will be lowered Tuesday for a Michigan State Police trooper who died after crashing his motorcycle.

Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff on state buildings and within the state Capitol complex in honor of 28-year-old Trooper Timothy O’Neill, who died last Wednesday.

State police say the three-year veteran was on patrol when the crash occurred near Rockford, about 12 miles north of Grand Rapids. No one else was injured. O’Neill was due to be married on Oct. 7.

A funeral service is planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Apostolic Church of Auburn Hills.

Squirrel Road will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday between Tienken and Dutton roads for O’Neill’s funeral, Auburn Police said Monday.

Traffic in the area will be limited to the funeral and residents who live on Squirrel Road, officials said.

They recommended Lapeer Road or Adams Road as alternative routes for north and south traffic.

Snyder says in a statement that O’Neill “gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to all Michiganders and will be deeply missed.”