On Thursday, July 4, 2013 at approximately 1:30am a 2006 Toyota Tundra owned by Sandra Melanson and Raphael Sockabasin and operated by 19 year old Ray Sockabasin of Indian Township was involved in a crash on West St in Big Lake Township. The vehicle was traveling north when the operator lost control on a corner, causing the vehicle to go off the road, striking several trees before rolling onto it’s roof and pinning the operator who had been partially ejected, to the ground under the vehicle. There were no other occupants in the vehicle and no other people were present during the crash. The vehicle was a total loss and Mr. Sockabasin was reported as deceased when EMTs arrived. The family was notified of the incident by Chief Alex Nicholas of Indian Township Police Department.
The incident is being investigated by Deputy Greg Sawyer.