4-year-old killed in crash on M-20 identified - WNEM TV 5

4-year-old killed in crash on M-20 identified

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Local police are still working to piece together the events of a tragic crash in Mid-Michigan.

It happened Wednesday, Oct. 4 on M-20 in Isabella County and involved three vehicles. 

Investigators said 4-year-old Kaylee Flachs, from Deerfield Township, was thrown from one of those vehicles and was in critical condition with a head injury when first responders arrived. She died at the scene.

Her mother, Mandy Flachs, 31, who was trapped in the vehicle, was airlifted to Midland Hospital in critical condition. 

A woman in another vehicle, Yvette Ross, 51, from Bentley, was also injured. She was taken to an area hospital and released.

One of the vehicles failed to yield at a red light and struck the other vehicle, the sheriff's office said.

Residents who live near the intersection said similar crashes happened there even more often before a light was installed. 

"It used to be very scary when there wasn't a light there," one resident said. 

"There was a lot of accidents. I remember always trying to come home from work and I couldn't because they had the roads blocked off," another resident said. 

During the crash one of the vehicles struck a pick-up truck that was driven by William Quakenbush, 59, from Chippewa Township. He was not hurt, police said. 

M-20 was closed between Vandecar Road and Winn Road due to the crash.

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