January 23, 2019

Elderly man passes away from injuries sustained in Christmas morning accident


SAGINAW — Richard Phillip Switala, 85, of Alger passed away Dec. 31 following injuries he sustained in an accident Christmas morning.

According to the Michigan State Police, Switala and his 84-year-old wife Geraldine were traveling in their 2011 Buick Lacrosse eastbound on Greenwood Road in Skidway Lake when Switala lost control of their vehicle while attempting to slow down before the curve, slid off the roadway and crashed into the Skidway Lake boardwalk.

Both occupants were transported to West Branch Regional Medical Center with serious injuries before being later transferred to Saginaw.

The Ogemaw County Sheriff’s Department and the Ogemaw County EMS assisted the MSP with the scene.

Click here for Switala's obituary.


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