2010-01-17 / Front Page

13 year old pedestrian survives multiple vehicle strikes


SIEGEL TOWNSHIP – A 13 year old pedestrian, who was hit twice by vehicles while walking her bike on the side of the road, has been treated and released from Harbor Beach Community Hospital.

According to Huron County Sheriff Kelly J. Hanson, at around 5:10 a.m. on Friday, January 8, Marvin Pleiness, 67, of Harbor Beach, was traveling westbound on M- 142 approximately 4/10 of a mile east of Parisville Road.

Pleiness was forced to dim his lights as he met oncoming eastbound vehicle. At the last second Pleiness noticed an individual on the edge of the roadway.

He swerved, but was unable to avoid impact.

Hanson explained that shortly thereafter, a westbound vehicle driven by Jennifer Messing, 38, of Minden City, came upon the scene and at the last second, she also attempted to swerve to avoid impact. In trying to avoid the victim, Messing lost control of her vehicle and entered the south ditch.

Messing told police as she swerved, she heard a thump noise and believes she also made impact with the pedestrian.

Both drivers found a 13 year old female who apparently was pushing a bike when impact occurred and they contacted 9-1-1 immediately. Eastern Huron Ambulance responded and transported her to Harbor Beach Community Hospital, where she was treated and later released.

The investigation into why the victim was walking her bike on the side of the road at that time of day and during poor weather conditions has indicated she was running away from home.

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