A 53-year-old Clare man died Sunday in a one-car crash on southbound US-127 just north of Coleman Road in Vernon Township.
Ronald Lee Bradley, Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene just after 9:15 a.m. on Sunday. Isabella County Sheriff’s Department responded to the call shortly after the crash.
According to a press release sent by the ICSD, Bradley lost control of his 2002 Ford Ranger XLT pickup, overturned the car and struck a tree.
“There was probably ice and slippery roads,” said Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski. “If that had anything to do with it, I’m not sure, but if there was ice where he lost control, it’s a possibility.”
Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.
Mioduszewski said this is the first fatal crash of the year. He recommends slowing down when conditions are cold.
“Especially this time of year, black ice is not apparent,” Mioduszewski said. “Be aware of that. Drive according to conditions. Slow down.”
The ICSD was assisted by Isabella Northeast Fire and Rescue, Michigan State Police, Clare Police and Mobile Medical Response.
The car crash remains under investigation.