2nd person dies after ORV falls into Montcalm Co. lake

Undated photo of Emily Patin. (Courtesy GoFundMe.com)

CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A second person has died after an off-road vehicle fell through the ice on a Montcalm County lake earlier this month.

The crash happened after the fireworks show at Crystal Lake Winter Fest on Feb. 13.

An ORV fell into a Montcalm County lake on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016.
An ORV fell into a Montcalm County lake on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016.

A Michigan State Police sergeant told 24 Hour News 8 the vehicle had four people on it when it drove across the frozen lake and through an area that was fenced off. It went through the ice where a hole was made for a polar dip that was held Saturday for the festival.

Bystanders were able to partially pull the submerged vehicle out of the water using a tow strap and pickup truck.

The driver, 52-year-old Lee Avery, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Avery’s front-seat passenger, 25-year-old Emily Patin, was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

According to a GoFundMe page created for Patin, her CT scan on Saturday showed that her brain had no activity. The post also said Patin remained on life support until everyone could say their final goodbyes and she that “lost her fight” Monday night.

“It is hard to believe that our daughter is gone for good. She had so much more to offer people. Please continue to pray for us as we try to get through this difficult time, day by day. Your prayers, love and support is so appreciated. Love you all so much. Remember to tell your loved ones you love them. Love to all!! ” a post on the GoFundMe page read.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Flowers near the scene where an ORV crashed on Crystal Lake. (Feb. 14, 2016)
Flowers near the scene where an ORV crashed on Crystal Lake. (Feb. 14, 2016)

Authorities said the people on the off-road vehicle had been riding around the lake all day, and conditions were safe to do so.

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