Pedestrian dies in accident 2012.10.24

Written by David Green.

A pedestrian died Monday morning when he was struck by a vehicle north of Morenci.

Matt Phelps, 36, was walking northbound in the dark along M-156 when he was struck by a northbound vehicle in the area between Morenci’s old and new cemeteries. The driver of the vehicle, David Gerkin, 17, of Morenci, was on his way to school in Hudson when the accident occurred.

Morenci emergency personnel were called to the accident at 6:53 a.m. Personnel from Morenci Area EMS determined that Phelps had died from the impact.

Morenci Chief of Police Larry Weeks stated that Gerkin was released at the scene.

Weeks was assisted by the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department in documenting the accident. All information collected will be turned over to the Lenawee County Prosecutor’s Office for review and consideration of potential charges. Chief Weeks expects to receive a final report from the prosecutor within a month.

Phelps is the son of Thomas Phelps of Morenci. He attended Morenci Area Schools for a portion of his education.

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