Sheriff: Man Dead After Car Goes Into Icy St. Clair River

WWJ News
February 18, 2020 - 2:13 pm
St. Clair River in winter

FILE - Large ice floes make their way down the St. Clair River..

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MARYSVILLE, Mich. (WWJ) - A St Clair County man is dead after he drove a car into the St. Clair River Tuesday morning.

St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon said witnesses saw the 65-year-old man go into the water, near Cuttle Rd. in Marysville, and that it appeared to be intentional.

"There is an opening there where you can get to the river. And it's there for a reason, you know, so safety vehicles, maintenance vehicles and things can have access down there," Donnellon told WWJ's Sandra McNeill. "But he maneuvered through there to get to the river."

Emergency crews got to the scene just after 6 a.m. Donnellon said, and divers braved the icy water.

They managed to pull out the vehicle, but it was too late. 

"There's a very, very strong current on that river, and it wouldn't be uncommon for a car like that to tumble and move on the bottom of the river," the sheriff said. "But the divers got in there, they had the proper equipment, and were able to locate the vehicle...and the driver, unfortunately, was deceased in the vehicle."

The name of the man, identified as a Clyde Township resident, is not being released at this time.