Police still looking for silver Honda Odyssey in Friday's fatal crash on US-23
Michigan State Police investigators continue to search for the driver of the gray or silver Honda Odyssey believed to have caused the rollover crash that killed two children Friday on US-23.
Jeffrey Smith | AnnArbor.com
Trooper Nolan Pryzbylo said Monday that several tips had been called in reporting gray or silver Odysseys with damage since Friday’s crash, which claimed the lives of Royal Oak siblings Jordan Siegel, 14, and Ashley Siegel, 11.
The two children were passengers in a 1999 Ford Expedition driven by their stepmother, Dawn Siegel.
Police believe the driver of the Odyssey moved into the lane occupied by the Expedition. Witnesses told police the Odyssey made contact with the Expedition, causing the full-size SUV to roll several times and come to rest in the median.
Przybylo said he hadn’t seen a hit-and-run accident of that magnitude before.
“The circumstance of the location defined the severity of the crash,” he said of the area of southbound US-23 south of Michigan Avenue, where the crash occurred.
“The Expedition is a safe vehicle, but I’m not certain any vehicle is made or prepared to go through what that one went through. It was an exceptionally violent crash.”
Siegel was driving with her four children and two step-children in the full-size SUV when the crash occurred. Przybylo said he's been told two passengers were still in the hospital in serious but stable condition, while three other occupants of the Expedition had been released.
The funeral for Ashley and Jordan is schedule for noon Tuesday at the Dorfman Chapel, 30440 West 12 Mile Road in Farmington Hills, according to the chapel's website.
Courtesy of The Dorfman Chapel
Patch.com in Royal Oak reported the two children were students at Royal Oak Middle School. The school was opened Monday to provide support and assistance to the school’s students, according to the report.
The family will then be sitting shiva at the home of Marc and Dawn Siegel, 22843 Brookforest in Novi, following Jewish customs, according to the report. They will receive visitors following the interment Tuesday and from 5-9 p.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday, Patch reported.
The full police report on the incident is still not completed, Pryzyblo said. The crash reconstructionist has not been able to confirm that contact was made between the Odyssey and the Expedition, although a witness following the Odyssey reported there was.
Courtesy of The Dorfman Chapel
The Odyssey continued to drive southbound on US-23 following the crash, and Pryzyblo said investigators are doing as much as they can to track the vehicle.
Although a witness directly behind the Odyssey reported there was a temporary license plate in the rear window, Pryzyblo said it was unclear if the paper indicated the van was newly purchased or was given a temporary license plate because police had seized the permanent one.
Pryzyblo said there is no easy way to search for temporary plates issued to vehicles through the Michigan Secretary of State’s office.
“Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to search that without going to every Honda dealership in Michigan,” he said. He added that the fact that the vehicle was headed south on US-23 meant it could have been an out-of-state vehicle.
Pryzyblo said he was heartened by the number of people who'd stopped at the crash to provide help for the occupants of the Expedition.
However, he encouraged anyone who witnesses a hit-and-run crash to follow the suspect vehicle — without risking their safety or anyone else’s safety — in order to provide a good description of the vehicle, license plate number or any other relevant information.
Without the public’s help, the suspects in hit-and-run cases can often escape prosecution, he said.
“Unfortunately, they get away and they never get held accountable for their actions,” he said.
“That person needs to be held accountable for their actions.”
The driver of the Honda Odyssey has been reported to be a woman in her 40s.
Pryzyblo said troopers are following up with the investigation, but encouraged any member of the public with information on the crash to call in tips to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP (773-2587) or to call the Michigan State Police Brighton Post directly at 810-227-1051.