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Crash closes southbound I-196 in Saugatuck Twp., two confirmed dead
SAUGATUCK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - I-196 at Mile Marker 41 in Saugatuck is back open Friday morning after a deadly late night crash.
It all started when the driver of a black Honda lost control on the slippery roads and crashed into the guardrail. He has been identified as Jared Kavinsky of Hartland, Wisconsin.
Another car stopped on the side of the road and a man got out to help Kavinsky. He has been identified as Terrence Noone of Chicago. That's when another car crashed into them.
Kavinsky and Noone were both killed. The driver of the third car, Joseph Willard of Comstock Park, is clinging to life after that crash. He was air-lifted to the hospital.
We are told Noone was trying to help a complete stranger when he was hit and killed.
It happened around 8:00 Thursday night. State police tell us the roads were slick from rain and snow.
State police tell us while it was admirable for the good Samaritan to stop, they have a warning for other drivers who might consider doing the same, especially in the winter.
"It's admirable to want to help people out but you have to realize that especially in bad weather being out on foot on the freeway is very hazardous and if you're involved in a crash on the freeway the best thing you can do is stay on your vehicle. It's the safest place," said Sgt. Phil Vannette of the MSP.
At this point police do believe weather was a factor, but they are still investigating.