Arrest made in fatal crash
ESCANABA – A Gwinn man has been arrested for drugged driving and reckless driving in connection with a double fatality south of Gladstone earlier this year, according to Gladstone Public Safety.
The 24-year-old man was scheduled to be arraigned this morning in Delta County District Court. His name is not being released by the Daily Press until he has been formally charged by the court.
The man was arrested in connection with the deaths of Thomas Swift, 73, and his wife, Barbara Swift, 73, of Escanaba, who died from injuries received in a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. 2 and 41/M-35 and South Hill Road on March 20.
The county prosecutor issued the following six felonies against the semi driver: two counts of operating with the presence of a controlled substance causing death; two counts of reckless driving causing death; and two counts of operating with a suspended license causing death.
Each count carries a maximum punishment of 15 years in prison.
The Gwinn man was driving a logging truck when he allegedly failed to stop for a red light, causing the semi to strike the Swift vehicle and a second vehicle driven by Joyce Scheriff, 72, of Gladstone, said Gladstone police. The accident occurred around 8:21 p.m.
Thomas Swift was pronounced dead at the scene. Barbara Swift, his passenger, was transported to OSF St. Francis Hospital then transferred to Marquette General Hospital where she later died from her injuries on March 24.
Scheriff was transported to OSF St. Francis Hospital, where she was admitted for treatment and later released. The semi driver was not injured in the accident, said police. The suspect, who remains lodged in Delta County Jail, was scheduled to be arraigned in district court at 10 a.m. today.