September 14, 2014

Sterling man pronounced dead after accident near highway ramp

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PINCONNING — A medical issue is believed to have caused a one-car accident Nov. 8,after which Dennis Ireland, 62, of Sterling was pronounced dead.

Lt. Jim Chlebowski, of the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, said Ireland was driving a Ford pickup on Pinconning Road around 12:10 p.m. Nov. 8, and went off the roadway and came to a stop near the southbound I-75 ramp.

“Apparently he went off the roadway and put his vehicle to rest in a ravine, or grassy area along the expressway,” he said.

Chlebowski said it is believed Ireland was unconscious when he veered off the roadway.

“It was a medical event of some sort,” he said. ”We’re waiting the results of the autopsy.”

An autopsy was performed Sunday, Nov. 10, but the results were not available as of press time, according to Chlebowski. He said witnesses traveling westbound on Pinconning Road attempted to help Ireland, as did emergency responders, who administered CPR.

“There were witnesses that saw him go off the road, and those witnesses came to his aid along with Northern Bay Ambulance and the Pinconning Fire Department,” he said.

Ireland did not respond to the CPR and was transported to McLaren Bay Region hospital in Bay City, where he was pronounced dead.

Chlebowski said the police report did not specify which direction Ireland was traveling at the time of the incident.

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