Rescuers Recall Deadly Accident in Barry County

Posted at 11:40 PM, Dec 27, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-28 10:40:07-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Elvin Kizziar, 36, is locked up for driving on an expired license.

Police said Kizziar’s trouble on Wednesday started when he got behind the wheel with an expired license. Next came the bad weather that led to a deadly accident he was allegedly involved in.

“It was terrible,” Tim Cahoon said. Cahoon said he was the first driver to come upon the scene of the accident on Cressey Road Wednesday evening.

He recalled how slippery the road was. “I was just taking my time, driving back going slow and unfortunately came upon that,” he said.

Prairieville Township Police said the accident involved Kizziar and a 42-year-old female passenger.

“The guy got out of the car just fine, ya know, you would never expect that the passenger of the same vehicle would be hurt that much,” Cahoon said.

“[I] just tried to give her blankets to stop the bleeding, that’s all you can do unfortunately. I went over to the other side of the vehicle to see if we could possibly get her out or anything and there was zero, there was no chance at all,” he explained

Cahoon said he and Kizziar did what they could for the passenger until first responders arrived.

“The Jeep was up against a tree, on a hill, so it was tough to even get to the victim, to the passenger,” Robert Pence, Assistant Fire Chief for Prairieville Township said.

“This one was really bad just because of the conditions. It was extremely slippery, it was very cold, it was windy, the position of the vehicle made it real tough to do anything,” Pence explained

The passenger, who police haven’t identified, was pronounced dead at the scene. “I was just obviously hoping that there would have been a different outcome,” Cahoon said.

Police said Kizziar shouldn’t have been driving in the first place. The Secretary of State said his license had expired long ago.

Documents from the Secretary of State show that Kizziar has multiple suspended license violations dating back to 1997.

FOX 17 also found he has a lengthy criminal record that spans multiple counties in West Michigan, dating back to 1996.

Charges include operating while intoxicated, domestic violence, retail fraud and felony charges of assaulting police officers.

Those latest charges involving the assaulted officers are still pending. Kizziar’s next court date for that is scheduled for Jan. 14.