Name of fatal Hamlin crash victim released. 

April 8, 2022

Name of fatal Hamlin crash victim released. 

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief

HAMLIN TOWNSHIP — The Mason County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of the people involved in a crash that resulted in the death of a Hamlin Township man Thursday afternoon. 

Rodney L. Hartung, 82, was killed after he was struck by a vehicle driven by Bailey Ann Sergott, 23, of Howell. Emergency crews were initially dispatched to the 2600 block of North Jebavy Drive, north of Fisher Road, at 2:06 p.m. 

According to Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole, preliminary findings by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office Crash Re-Construction Team reveal a 2016 Ford Escape, driven by Sergott, was northbound on Jebavy Drive when she struck Hartung, who was attempting to cross Jebavy (eastbound) after retrieving his mail.  Hartung was struck in the northbound lane.

“Upon arrival, Mason County deputies learned the crash involved a vehicle and a pedestrian,” Sheriff Cole said. “The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. Although the case remains under investigation, preliminary findings do not suggest speed or alcohol contributed to the crash and the driver is cooperating with investigators.”

Sergott was not injured. 

Emergency units responding to the scene included MCSO, Michigan State Police, Hamlin Township Fire Dept., Ludington Fire Dept., Mason County Victim Services Unit and Life EMS.

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