Double fatality renews focus on traffic safety
Huron County Sheriff Kelly J. Hanson said the accident, which occurred at the intersection of Dunn and Maxwell Roads Thursday, Feb. 9 in Chandler Township, resulted in the 14th and 15th failure-to-yield related traffic fatalities since 2013.
Sheila M. Iseler, 40, died at the scene of the accident. Shawn M. Babbitt, 21, died Sunday from injuries sustained during the crash.
Hanson said the crash was the seventh of its kind in the county in the last four years, and his office has increased its efforts to prevent future incidents.
“Since 2013, our office has taken zero tolerance and added periodic overtime patrols to enforce failing to stop from a private drive and failing to yield from a stop violations. Many tickets have been issued from those types of violations yet accidents continued to occur,” he said.
While last week’s crash remains under investigation, Hanson said investigations of the other incidents revealed they all could have been avoided. Once again, he is reminding drivers to always stop when they’re required to and to vigilantly look both ways each time.
“Don’t put yourself in a position to let the consequences take a life to realize it,” Hanson said.
He said the initial investigation into last week’s crash revealed a pickup being driven by 22-year-old Todd Babbitt, also of Caseville, failed to stop at the intersection as they were southbound on Maxwell Road and impacted with a pickup driven by Iseler, which was eastbound on Dunn Road. Iseler was the sole person in her vehicle, and Shawn Babbitt was the only passenger in Todd Babbitt’s pickup.
Shawn Babbitt had to be freed from the Babbitt vehicle by the Windsor Township Fire Department. He and his brother were transported to Scheurer Hospital by Scheurer Ambulance service. Shawn Babbitt was later flown out to an out-of-county hospital with life threatening injuries.
Iseler’s body also had to be freed from the wreckage by the Windsor Township Fire Department.
The accident scene was processed by the Huron County Sheriff’s Office accident investigators.
Also responding to the scene were Elkton EMS and an investigator from the Huron Medical Examiner’s Office.