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Sheriff still recovering from deadly crash

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A Mid-Michigan sheriff is still recovering after being seriously injured in a Genesee Country crash in early December.

Lapeer County Sheriff Ron Kalanquin was injured and another man died from the crash on Dec. 8.

The two-vehicle accident happened at 9:10 a.m. on Davison Road near Oak Road in Davison Township. 

Investigators at the scene believe Kalanquin was westbound on Davison Road, heading into the township for a meeting, when a minivan going eastbound crossed the center line and the two vehicles crashed head-on. 

Police said the driver of the minivan, identified as Allen Babcock, 27, of Lapeer, was killed.

"He was a huge supporter of police, fire and EMS. He was that person that always tried to go help," said Willie Strong, friend of Babcock.

Strong said Babcock helped him run the Genesee County Fire and Rescue Facebook page. It's a site organized by residents to inform others of police and fire activity in the area.

Kalanquin was hurt in the crash and taken to Hurley hospital where he was listed in serious condition. 

The Lapeer County Sheriff's Department said the sheriff was on the road to recovery after "multiple successful surgeries to repair internal injuries and many fractures" the day after the accident.

Also, Kalanquin and his family would like to thank all the first responders from Genesee County and Hurley Hospital for the excellent and highly skilled treatment that he received and continues to receive.

"God Bless all of you and I look forward in getting back to business assisting Sheriff McKenna in our transition. Also, thank all of you for your prayers and kind words," Kalanquin said. 

Kalanquin is still using a machine to help his breathing due to broken ribs and pneumonia concerns, according to Undersheriff Bob Rapson.

"He is conscious and alert and they have had him sitting in a chair at times. However, with the crushed ankle and broken back that is a very limited activity," Rapson said. "This will be a very long recovery given the multiple broken bones and surgeries he has had and will continue to have."

Investigators do not believe weather or road conditions were a factor in the accident. Alcohol and drugs are also not believed to be factors.

Both drivers were wearing their seat belts and Kalanquin was in a fully marked Lapeer County Sheriff Department cruiser.

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