Two Stanwood residents were hospitalized Friday after their vehicles collided on M-20 in Deerfield Township.
Elizabeth Gilbert Poyer, a 26-year-old resident, was driving her 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier westbound on Remus Road when police believe she tried to pass two cars also heading west. She ran out of time to merge back into the lane and collided with the 2001 Ford Taurus driven by 19-year-old James Richard Stork.
Both drivers had to be extracted from their vehicles, said Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski.
Police believe alcohol might have been a factor with Poyer, despite not being able to give her a sobriety tests, Mioduszewski said.
“She was in no shape to do that. It was obviously the odor of alcohol in the car,” Mioduszewski said. “We’ll use the blood from the hospital and have that analyzed.”
Both drivers were transported to McLaren Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant, then transferred to other hospitals, Mioduszewski said.
The ICSD was assisted by Michigan State Police, Deerfield Township Fire Department, Millbrook-Rolland Fire Department, Fremont Township Fire Department and Mobile Medical Response after the crash.