Victims Identified in Calhoun County Fatal Crash

CALHOUN COUNTY, Mich. – The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the names of the people involved in a fatal crash that happened along I-94 near the Verona Road overpass Monday afternoon.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as 55-year-old William Gatesy Jr. of Allen Park.

He was driving a 2013 Ford Explorer eastbound on I-94 when it ran off the highway and hit a tree.

William, along with his wife, 53-year-old Dawn Lynn Gatesy, and their 28-year-old son, William Gatesy III, all died at the scene of the accident.

81-year-old Eva Petterle of Allen Park and 27-year-old Shaun Crawford of Detroit survived the crash and are being treated at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo for non life threatening injuries.

The Sheriff’s Accident Reconstruction Team is continuing the investigation.

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  • CHAR

    THIS INCIDENT IS HORRIBLE. LOSING ONE FAMILY MEMBER IS HARD ENOUGH. BUT, THREE. ANY ONE WHO KN0WS THE GATESY FAMILY KNOWS THEY ARE A VERY LOVING FAMILY. THEY WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR ANYONE. I'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER BILLS LAUGH, HIS SILLY COMMENTS & TEASING. DAWNS FRIENDLY SMILE & LITTLE BILLY. HE WILL ALWAYS BE OUR LITTLE BILLY.HE WAS FULL OF LIFE. BILL & DAWN WERE ALWAYS THERE TO HELP MY PARENTS OUT. THEY WERE ALSO THERE FOR OUR FAMILY WHEN WE LOST OUR FATHER ON FATHERS DAY 2012. NICOLE AND JENNY ARE GOING TO NEED OUR HELP. ANYTHING YOU CAN DO WILL BE APPRECIATED. ITS AN AWEFUL LOT FOR THEM TO HANDLE. OUR FAMILY WILL MISS ALL OF YOU. BUT YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.


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