Tpr. Bryon S. Egelski died as a result of injuries sustained in a patrol car collision. The collision occurred while he was responding to the call of an injury traffic crash.
On July 11, Tprs. Bryon S. Egelski and Danielle Teunion-Smith, assigned to the St. Clair Post, reported to work for the midnight shift.
At approximately 11:35 p.m., while patrolling in car 237, the officers were dispatched by the St. Clair County Sheriff Department to respond to a rollover injury traffic crash. The location of the reported crash was Marine City Highway and Palms Road.
Patrol unit 237, driven by Trooper Egelski, was responding to the reported crash with the patrol unit emergency lights and equipment activated. Approximately two miles from where the troopers received the original dispatch call, they collided with another vehicle.
Patrol unit 237 was responding westbound on Davis Road as it approached the stop sign at the intersection of Range Road. As the patrol unit drove into the intersection, it was struck broadside by a vehicle traveling northbound on Range Road.
After impact both vehicles went off the roadway and a fire erupted. The impact pinned both troopers in the wreckage until they were extricated by emergency personnel.
Officer Gary Holowitz, Marysville Police Department, was just completing a traffic stop approximately 600 feet away from the intersection when the crash occurred. Officer Holowitz’s quick action in extinguishing the fire and rendering aid is believed to have saved the life of Trooper Teunion-Smith.
Troopers Egelski and Teunion-Smith were transported to Mercy Hospital in Port Huron. Trooper Egelski was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. Trooper Teunion-Smith sustained serious injuries and was hospitalized. She was released from the hospital and on April 30, 1998 retired from the Michigan State Police with a disability retirement.
The driver of the second vehicle was transported and treated at the hospital for minor injuries.
The traffic crash occurred in the city of Marysville and was investigated by the Marysville Police Department.
Trooper Egelski was the 45th MSP officer to die in the line of duty.