Police in North Shores, Michigan, have identified the victim of a fatal traffic crash involving a suspect that had been chased by police just moments earlier. Duane Quigg, 92, of Norton Shores was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at 11:20 a.m., according to a press release from the Norton Shores Police Department. Quigg was the founder of Engine Power Components in Grand Haven. His passenger, 90-year-old Elaine Carsok of Norton Shores was a passenger in Quigg’s vehicle and was taken to Mercy Health Partners Hackley Campus with serious injuries. Quigg’s car was struck by a vehicle, which had been stolen from Grand Rapids, which was traveling at a high rate of speed. A shoplifting suspect that a police officer had chased briefly, but who discontinued his pursuit due to poor weather and high traffic density drove the car. The release identifies the suspect as a 39-year-old man from Grand Rapids who has multiple warrants for his arrest out of Kent County.
Norton Shores police had responded to a retail fraud complaint from the Meijer store, involving the theft of several bottles of liquor, the release says. The man, who was suspected of committing other larcenies in recent days, fled Meijer in the stolen 2010 gray Ford Fusion. A Norton Shores officer saw the suspect vehicle in a parking lot and when the officer tried to identify the driver, the vehicle sped north. Although the officer terminated the pursuit, the suspect turned east on Broadway, continuing at a high rate of speed. The officer continued following and observed the crash with Quigg’s 2014 Dodge Journey, and attempts to revive Quigg at the scene were unsuccessful, according to the release. The Michigan State Police are assisting with the crash investigation. Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to call the Norton Shores Police Department at (231) 733-2691 or Silent Observer at (231) 72-CRIME. [Source: MichiganLive]