Jim Mynhier dies in accident 08.18.2010

Written by David Green.

A serious accident at the intersection of Morenci Road and Munson Highway occurred Wednesday morning, the second crash at that location in less than a month. As in the July 15 incident, the collision Wednesday was caused by the failure to observe a stop sign.

Rural Fayette resident Jim Mynhier, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Mynhier was a passenger in a westbound 2001 GMC pickup driven by Cris Johnson, 36, of rural Fayette. A 2008  26-foot box Kenworth delivery truck was southbound on Munson Highway and failed to stop at the intersection.

According to Michigan State Police Trooper Bill Strouse, Johnson apparently saw the truck entering the intersection and swerved into the south lane in an attempt to avoid contact.

The pickup slammed into the front corner of the delivery truck, then instantly side-slapped the truck and ended up facing south on the roadway.

Richard Perry, 65, driver of the delivery truck, escaped injury due to the height of the truck cab, Trooper Strouse said. Perry had just finished making a delivery of farm chemicals to Munson Agri-Services and was driving south out of Munson.

Perry works for the Bowling Green branch of Helena Chemical Company.

Johnson was transported by ambulance to Toledo Hospital where he was listed in stable condition. Life Flight medical helicopter personnel worked at the scene in an effort to save Mynhier’s life. The accident was reported at 9:50 a.m. Aug. 11.

Perry will be cited in the accident after a prosecuting attorney determines the charge.

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