Police: Man, 45, dies in road-rage fueled crash into St. Clair Co. eatery

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Fort Gratiot Township — St. Clair County deputies have identified the man who crashed a car into a building Wednesday night.

Christopher Fredendall, 45, of Fort Gratiot died after the crash from injuries, the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.

Officials said investigators believe the crash stems from a road rage incident involving Fredendall and a 26-year-old woman from Marysville.

Deputies received a call at about 9 p.m. Wednesday about a vehicle that had crashed into Mama Vicki’s restaurant at 4425 24th Avenue.

Fredendall was traveling south on 24th Avenue in a Cadillac CTS when he was involved in a "road rage incident" with the Marysville woman who was driving a Dodge Journey, according to authorities.

A witness told detectives the woman had passed Fredendall on the roadway's right shoulder as they headed on 24th Avenue near Carrigan. The road then went from three lanes to five lanes and Fredendall passed the woman on the right, swerved in front of her in the left lane and lost control of vehicle before crashing into the restaurant, according to authorities.

The restaurant was open and customers were inside at the time, but no injuries were reported. The restaurant was closed Thursday because of the damage, they said.

Officials said the vehicle was on fire when deputies arrived.

Medics and police freed the driver from his vehicle and he was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Anyone with information about the crash should call St. Clair County Sheriff's Office Detective Haley Bonner at (810) 987-1728.


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