Victims of deadly US 10-31 crash identified.

December 2, 2017

Victims of deadly US 10-31 crash identified.


By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

AMBER TOWNSHIP Benjamin Compeau, 35, of Scottville man died following a three vehicle crash in the 700 block of US 10-31 Friday morning. According to Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole, the crash occurred when an eastbound full-size 1995 Chevrolet van, driven Laurence Adams, Jr., 22, of Scottville, crossed the centerline of the road and struck the Compeau’s westbound 2011 Kia Optima head-on. Adams’ van then struck a westbound 2006 Dodge Caravan minivan driven by Jonathan Dipple, 23, of Custer.

Sheriff Cole said the Compeau died immediately. His 1 1/2-year-old son, who was secured in a carseat in the rear passenger side of the vehicle, sustained a minor scratch, Cole said.

Adams was transported by AeroMed ambulance to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. AeroMed landed on the highway just east of the scene, about 1/4 mile from the Scottville city limits.

Adams’ passenger, Chelsea Ward, 22, of Scottville, was transported to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital by ambulance, as were Compeau’s child and Dipple.

Cole said the crash remains under investigation and the reason why Adams crossed the centerline is not yet known. Toxicology results are pending.

The crash occurred about 7:40 a.m. and US 10-31 between the Scottville US 31 bypass and Amber Road remains closed as of 10 a.m.

Sheriff Cole said the sheriff’s office and the Michigan State Police are investigating.

Units on assisting on scene included MCSO, MSP, Scottville Police Department, Ludington Police Department, Scottville Fire Department, Custer Fire Department, Ludington Fire Department, Pere Marquette Township Fire Department, and Life EMS.

This story is copyrighted © 2017, all rights reserved by Media Group 31, LLC, PO Box 21, Scottville, MI 49454. No portion of this story or images may be reproduced in any way, including print or broadcast, without expressed written consent.

Area Churches