Driver facing charges in deadly M-21 crash near Saranac

M-21, Boston Township, fatal crash
The scene of a fatal crash involving two semi-trucks and a pickup truck on M-21 in Boston Township on April 5, 2017.

BOSTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — An Ionia County woman is facing charges for allegedly causing a deadly crash involving two semi-trucks.

Ionia County authorities say Lisa Thrush is being charged with a moving violation causing death and a moving violation causing great bodily impairment in connection to the April 5 crash, which killed 47-year-old Anthony Nunez of Hudsonville. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Thrush, 40, of Saranac was heading south on Hawley Highway when she pulled out in front of a semi-truck hauling two trailers of grain, which was heading west on M-21 (Bluewater Highway) in Boston Township, near Saranac.

The westbound semi-truck swerved to avoid Thrush’s pickup truck and hit Nunez’s semi-truck head on. Nunez died instantly, according to authorities.

Thrush and her passenger, 18-year-old Hunter Thrush-Davis, were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The driver of the grain hauler, 34-year-old Trevlor Vanderwall of Hemlock, was not hurt.

The intersection was closed for about 11 hours as authorities investigated and crews cleaned up the spilled grain and wreckage.

If convicted on the more serious charge, Thrush could spend up to a year in jail.

***CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated which semi-truck swerved to avoid the crash.  We regret this error, which has since been corrected.***