December 22, 2011 —
On Saturday, December 17, 2011, at approximately 6:07 p.m. the Hillsdale Co. Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to US 127 S of Union Rd in Pittsford Township for a one vehicle rollover accident that proved to involve a fatality.
Hillsdale County Sheriff Stan Burchardt reported that Rodney L. Ely, age 72, of 22730 Co. Rd. T, Fayette, OH, and passenger Shirley A. Ely, age 71 of the same address were traveling southbound on US 127 when Mr. Ely lost control of the vehicle. As a result the vehicle went off the west side of the roadway and rolled over. Mr. Ely was transported by Hudson Area Ambulance to Bixby Medical Center for injuries sustained. Ms. Ely was pronounced deceased at the scene. Seatbelt use is unknown at this time.
The Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by Hudson Fire and Ambulance, Hudson Police Department, Pittsford Fire and Rescue, the Michigan State Police Accident Reconstruction unit.A spokesman for the department said that the accident remains under investigation.