By Pat Maurer
After a week of searching, Isabella County Detectives are still looking for the driver of a silver or gray Ford F-150 with passenger-side front-end damage. The truck is believed to be a 2004-2006 model.
The driver caused a serious accident at 2:03 p.m. May 1 on northbound U.S. 127, just south of Clare, when his truck reportedly ran into a trailer that was being pulled by an Engadine man, Samuel James Fowler, 84. Fowler was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Colorado pickup, according to Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski.
After hitting the Fowler trailer, the Ford continued northbound.
When his trailer was hit, Fowler reportedly lost control of his truck, went through the left lane into the median and rolled. Fowler had to be extricated from the vehicle and was flown to Spectrum Hospital by Aero Med. The extent of his injuries was unknown at the time, the sheriff said.
Wednesday, Mioduszewski said Fowler was seriously injured in the accident but is expected to live.
Mioduszewski said reports of the accident prompted several tips, but none so far have led to the unknown driver that caused the accident, which is still under investigation.
The Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by Clare Police, Michigan State Police, Mobile Medical Response, the Clare Fire Department and Aero Med.
The Sheriff asked that anyone who has seen a silver or gray Ford F-250 with front end damage on the passenger side bumper contact the ICSD at 1-989-772-5911.