By Mary Drier
TUSCOLA COUNTY — The Michigan State Police (MSP) Caro Post is looking for help as they continue to investigate a fatal head-on accident that claimed the life of a 22-year-old Cass City woman Saturday.
A caller reported “an unknown traffic accident” to Tuscola County Central Dispatch about 7:30 p.m. Anyone who may have been a witness or came upon the accident before emergency responders arrived are asked to call the Caro post at (989) 673-2156.
The MSP’s press release indicates a 1999 Chevrolet pick-up truck driven by Kurt Edward Mika, 42, of Unionville was traveling west on Dickerson Road and a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Alexandra Leigh “Aleigh” Kappen, 22, of Cass City was traveling east on Dickerson Road. The two vehicles collided head-on just east of McGregory Road.
The Jeep sustained front-end damage and came to rest in the roadway. Kappen was flown by helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw by FlightCare. She passed away shortly after arrival.
The accident report says “it appears that Kappen was not wearing her seat belt.”
Mika’s vehicle sustained front-end damage and came to rest in the ditch on the north side of Dickerson Road after the collision. He had to be extracted from the vehicle by the fire departments on the scene. He was taken to Covenant Hospital in Saginaw by MMR with a leg injury.
According to the MSP accident report, Kappen “lost control of her vehicle due to ice and snow on the road. Her vehicle then crossed into the westbound lane.”
Those who assisted the troopers at the scene were the Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office, MMR, Cass City Fire Department, Gagetown Fire Department, St. Mary’s FlightCare.