Man Dies After SUV Plunges Into Icy Saginaw River

SAGINAW (WWJ/AP) – Officials say a 31-year-old man was killed when the vehicle he was riding in dropped from a bridge into the icy Saginaw River.

Russell Nevitt, of Saginaw, was pronounced dead at a hospital following the accident, which occurred around 5 p.m. on Christmas Day.

According to reports, the driver of the vehicle lost control on the Center Street Bridge and went over a guardrail. The SUV dropped dozens of feet and got stuck nose-first in the ice below.

Police say the driver crawled out the SUV’s rear window after the impact, but couldn’t reach Nevitt, who was buckled-up in the front seat of the partially submerged vehicle.

Emergency crews eventually arrived on the scene, hooked cables to the vehicle and hauled it back up on to the bridge.

Nevitt was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver, whose identity was not released, received treatment for exposure but was otherwise OK.

The crash remains under investigation.

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