- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

LYON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Investigators say worn tires, not potholes, were responsible for a January crash in suburban Detroit that killed a man and his 9-year-old son.

Documents obtained by the Detroit Free Press (https://on.freep.com/1JV0lLL ) through a Freedom of Information Act request show that four potholes, including one measuring 4.3 feet by 13.6 feet, were east of the crash scene in Oakland County’s Lyon Township.

Documents say, however, that sheriff’s investigators believe the condition of the tires and possibly wet, snowy conditions were to blame for the crash.

Thirty-six-year-old Pedro Montanez Jr. swerved into oncoming traffic and the car was hit by a pickup. His son, Steven, also died.

Investigators previously had indicated that a pothole could be a contributing factor. The possibility was cited ahead of a failed May vote on road funding.


Information from: Detroit Free Press, https://www.freep.com

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