LYON TOWNSHIP (WWJ) – An Oakland County community is mourning a father and his 9-year-old son who were killed in a crash on the way to school Tuesday morning.
Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said the roads were snowy and slick when 36-year-old Pedro Montanez of New Hudson was traveling with three children in his Mazda 3 along Pontiac Trail, west of Martindale, in Lyon Township.READ MORE: COVID-19 Vaccines Saved Nearly 20 Million Lives In First Year, Study Says
“At least preliminary it seems that that he hit a patch of ice, lost control of the vehicle, went left of center, struck a pickup truck that was pulling a trailer,” McCabe said.
Montanez was pronounced dead at the scene. His son, Steven Timothy Montanez — a student at Kent Lake Elementary School — died a short time later.READ MORE: Michigan Ballot Initiative Aims To Protect Abortion Rights
The two other children — a 10-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl — were being treated at CS Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. The boy was last reported in critical condition while the girl was reported stable.
The pickup truck driver, 25-year-old Farmington Hills resident, was not hurt. Sheriff’s officials said he did attempt to avoid the crash by running off the roadway to the right onto the shoulder.MORE NEWS: AG Nessel Says Abortions Are Still Legal In Michigan
All occupants were wearing seat belts, authorities said, and the little girl was in a proper booster seat. Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the crash.