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Police call in reconstructionist after fatal Mason Co. crash

Posted: 10:21 AM, Oct 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-12 20:29:24-04

CUSTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Investigators in Mason County have called in a crash reconstructionist following a fatal one-vehicle crash Friday night.

Deputies with the Mason County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene at 7:52 p.m. on Tuttle Road south of Filburn Road.

Police say evidence shows a Chevy Malibu was heading north on Tuttle Road when it drifted off the road and struck an embankment. The sheriff’s office says 21-year-old Izeek Ratliff of Scottville was declared dead at the scene.

According to Sheriff’s investigators, the vehicle was not “road legal” and had been modified as a “derby car”. They’re trying to figure out why the vehicle left the roadway.

The crash reconstructionist will examine it to see if a mechanical failure was involved