Tow Truck Driver Killed in Crash in St. Clair County (Updated)

CLYDE TOWNSHIP, MI – A tow truck operator was killed on Friday, January 15th, 2016, in the crash on North Road in Clyde Township.fatal crash

The incident took place shortly after 6:30 a.m. on North Road, south of Keewahdin Road.  The 28-year-old Preferred Towing operator, Jason Schultz of Clyde Township, was on the west side of North Road, pulling a vehicle from a ditch.  An 18-year-old Fort Gratiot man was driving southbound on North Road.  He passed the tow truck on the shoulder of the road, striking the tow truck operator, the cable of the tow truck and the Jeep that was being pulled out of the ditch.  The driver of the Jeep, Cody Hilliker, 21-years-old, of Burtchville Township, was inside the vehicle at the time.

The tow truck operator, Jason Schultz, was killed instantly.  The driver of the Jeep was transported by Tri-Hospital EMS to McLaren Port Huron Hospital for treatment.  The 18-year-old man is being questioned at the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office.

The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Accident Investigation Unit was at the scene of the crash.

Members of the Fort Gratiot Fire Department assisted at the scene of the crash.


June 16, 1987 to January 15, 2016

Jason William Schultz, 28, of Clyde, died Friday, January 15, 2016.Jason William Schultz

He was born June 16, 1987 in Port Huron and was a lifelong area resident. He married Amanda N. Martin on September 9, 2006 in Ross Bible Church.

Jason was a 2005 graduate of Port Huron Northern High School and owned and operated Preferred Towing and was an avid Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers fan.

What do you say when you have no words? Today, our community lost a great man. A kind, loving, selfless man. A son, husband, father, best brother, friend, uncle, Fort Gratiot business owner/operator, coach, honorary fire department member and deputy. You may have seen him at his kid’s school, supporting his wife, Amanda, while she was capturing your moments behind the lens of her Canon, at an FOP meeting, at the Little League fields, helping you with car trouble, in a rig at a scene… No matter where, I can guarantee that he was helping someone.

Jason Schultz of Preferred Towing was taken from those he loved too soon, and he will never be forgotten. Please take a moment to send thoughts of strength and prayers to his family and say a kind word to those around you.

He is survived by his wife, Amanda; children, Austin Charles, Cadence Nicole and Karleigh Renee Schultz; father, Donald (Cindy) Schultz, mother, Michele (Frank) Atkins; siblings, Jennifer (Russ) Sharpe, Jacob (Katie) Schultz, Nademeh Williams, and Joshua (Kristen) Williams; “Grams”, Charlotte Nicaise; father and mother-in-law, Michael and Christina Noble; brothers-in-law, Larry (Amanda) Martin, Gabriel (Josie) Noble and Toby Noble and Tayler Collins; sister-in-law, Shannon (Kevin) Cross; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ott and Louise Schultz and grandfather, Donald Nicaise.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Ross Bible Church. Pastor Tim Clark will officiate.

Visiting hours will be 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home and 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Burial will be in Burtchville Township Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Donald Schultz, Jake Schultz, Kevin Cross, Russ Sharpe, Donald Nicaise and Gabriel Noble. Honorary pallbearers will be Alan Briolat, Larry Martin, Nick Marcero, Chad Clark, Toby Noble and Bob Lutchman.

The family prefers memorials be made to the Jason Schultz Scholarship Fund, payable to Amanda Schultz.

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