Lyon Twp. fatal crash cause unknown
Lyon Township – — The cause of a double fatality vehicle crash that killed a father and his 9-year-old son, and injured two other children remains under investigation by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.
Pedro Montanez, 36, of New Hudson was killed when he lost control of his 2005 Mazda 3 on westbound Pontiac Trail just after 8 a.m. and slammed into an eastbound 1994 Ford Super Duty truck. Montanez’s son, Steven Timothy Montanez, who was sitting in the vehicle’s rear seat, also died from injuries in the crash and two other children remain hospitalized in critical condition.
“It still remains under investigation,” Undersheriff Michael McCabe said. “It may be two or three days before the investigation is completed and we are looking into several factors, including icy road conditions and also whether potholes might be a factor.”
Potholes along the road near the crash scene were filled by the Road Commission of Oakland County several hours after the accident. Motorists familiar with the area said the road requires maintenance throughout the year.
The family was en route to Kent Lake Elementary School on the snow-covered road when Montanez’s vehicle crossed the center line into the eastbound lanes west of Martindale Road. A 25-year-old Farmington Hills man driving the truck was not injured and tried to avoid the Mazda, which was broadsided, deputies said.
A preliminary investigation found all those inside the Mazda were wearing seat belts, McCabe said, and a 6-year-old girl was in a booster seat.
All were trapped inside the vehicle and had to be pulled out by Lyon Township firefighters. The father was pronounced dead at the scene. A 10-year-old son is in critical condition and the 6-year-old remains hospitalized in stable condition in the intensive care unit of C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor.
Investigators have talked with the truck driver and another motorist who stopped to help the victims.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help defray funeral costs. By Thursday evening, a day after its launch, 92 people had donated $5,135 of an $8,000 goal. For information, go to /www.gofundme.com/km26gs.
The Kent Lake Elementary PTO Montanez Family Fund also has been set up at FirstMerit Bank in South Lyon, the school announced on Facebook. The account number is #901020786415; all money collected goes to the family, according to the school. Checks can be sent to FirstMerit Bank, 419 South Lafayette Street, South Lyon, MI 48178; or to Kent Lake Elementary, 30181 Kent Lake Road, South Lyon, MI 48178.
Detroit News Staff Writer Mark Hicks contributed to this report.