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Latest Links: Woman Dies After Vehicle Hits Tree in Hartland

Segment of Crouse Road is expected to remain closed for several hours.

A 40-year-old Hartland woman died Tuesday after her vehicle struck a tree on Crouse Road near Cullen Road in Hartland, according to media reports.

Police say it appears Melanie Beneson lost control of her Jeep after traveling too fast for the snowy conditions on the gravel roadway, according to the Livingston County Daily Press and Argus. Her vehicle wrapped aroung a tree along the north side of the road just east of Cullen, the newspaper reported.

Beneson, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was alone in the vehicle when the crash occurred sometime around 1 p.m. and not wearing her seatbelt, according to WHMI-FM (93.5).

She was an employee of the , the Press & Argus reported, and on her way home to let her dogs out.

Both the Livingston County Sheriff's Department and the Hartland Deerfield Fire Authority responded to the scene and are expected to on scene for the next couple of hours, both outlets reported. Crouse was closed during the investigation.

SpartyPants January 04, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Melanie, your laughter lit up a room. You will be dearly missed.
Janet January 04, 2012 at 04:33 AM
My condolences to Melanie's family and loved ones.
rose clark January 04, 2012 at 02:33 PM
So very, very sad. My thoughts are with her family.
Bob January 04, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I am so very sorry that this tragic accident has taken Melanie. My thoughts too are for her family. Because of the conditions on that section of Crouse and adjacent Cullen road, I will not, under any circumstances, drive on it and have tried to convince my family and friends similarly. Vehicles consistently move far above safe speeds and the road surface is very poor. That combination makes control nearly impossible, particularly on its curves and hills and around pot holes. This is true in ALL weather conditions-summer and winter.
Amy January 05, 2012 at 04:07 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with Mel's family and with all my dear friends at CVS Pharmacy in Hartland who worked with her. I hope you can somehow find peace during this difficult time.

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