2018-02-12 / News

Brockway Twp. woman killed in head-on crash

Staff Writer

David Vanderwall David Vanderwall KENOCKEE TWP. — A GoFundMe account has been established for a 45-year-old Brockway Township man whose wife was killed in a head-on collision on snowy Lapeer Road (old M-21) on Feb. 4

The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Dept. said Sherri Vanderwall, 47, was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash, which occurred east of Kilgore Road in the 8900 block of Lapeer Road just after 7 p.m.

According to the preliminary investigation, a 2006 Dodge Caravan driven by a 53-year-old Port Huron man was eastbound on Lapeer Road and a 1988 regular cab Chevy pickup driven by David Vanderwall, 45, of Brockway Township, was westbound when the vehicles collided head on that Sunday evening.

The Vanderwalls had their three grandchildren — a 3-yearold boy, a 2-year-old boy and a 1-year-old girl — with them in the pickup.

The sheriff’s investigation revealed none of the occupants were properly restrained. The crash caused Vanderwall to be ejected from the pickup and resulted in serious injuries to him and all of his passengers.

The driver and the three children were transported to local hospitals and later transferred to Detroit-area hospitals. The driver of the Caravan also was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries and later transferred to a Detroit-area hospital for further treatment.

Other agencies who assisted at the accident scene were the sheriff’s Road Patrol St. Clair County Road Commission, Kenockee Fire Dept., Emmett Fire Dept. and Tri-Hospital EMS.

Neither speed nor alcohol appear to be factors, however, the recent weather and road conditions likely played a role in the cause of the accident, said the sheriff’s office. The road was snow covered with blowing snow.

The Brockway man’s sister, Jasmine Kristy Vanderwall, has started a GoFundMe account. His Facebook page stated he is a 1992 graduate of Port Huron Northern and employed at SMR Automotive Systems in Marysville.

According to the GoFundMe page, “My brother David Vanderwall, and his wife Sherri Vanderwall along with their three grandchildren were involved in a head-on collision the evening of February 4, 2018. Tragically Sherri was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. David along with all three children were transported for medical care from the scene of the accident to Port Huron McLaren Hospital then to Macomb McLaren. David is suffering from a broken ankle, hip, ribs, facial bones, and a bleed on the brain. We have no idea what his recovery time will be. Due to the fostering situation of the grandchildren involved in the accident (sic) cannot be disclosed. There is no life insurance coverage for Sherri and limited medical and disability insurance coverage for the rest of the family. Any donations to help this family cover theses cost would be greatly appreciated.”

As of Thursday, Feb. 8, the account had raised $2,385. A spaghetti dinner benefit was also held Sunday, Feb. 11 at the Outpost in Port Huron to assist the family with medical costs.

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