Monroe County Man Dies after Hitting Back-end of Semi

MONROE, MI – A previously reported serious injury crash that occurred on Tuesday October 16, 2018 at approximately 10:18 AM on northbound US-23, north of the 1 mile marker in Whiteford Township has claimed the life of a 40-year-old man.Leon G. Salenbien Jr

The driver of the Dodge pick-up truck died at St. Vincent’s Hospital while receiving treatment for injuries related to the crash.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Leon G. Salenbien Jr, 40 years old, of Dundee, was driving a black in color 2011 Dodge Ram pick-up northbound on US-23 in the left travel lane.

A 2014 Volvo Semi tractor/ trailer was disabled along the left shoulder of northbound US-23. The Dodge Ram pick-up struck the right rear corner of the semi trailer, causing significant damage to both vehicles and severely injuring the driver of the pick-up. The driver of the semi tractor/ trailer received minor injuries during the crash.

The crash remains under investigation by Deputy Brian Francisco, Deputy Brian Quinn and Deputy Jon Cregar of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Services Division and Deputy William Broman of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Uniformed Services Division. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call 734-240-7715.


Leon G. Salenbien, Jr.

December 15, 1977 – October 16, 2018

Leon G. “Lee” Salenbien, Jr., age 40 of Dundee, died at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16th at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio. He died due to serious injuries he sustained in an automobile accident earlier that day.

Family and friends may visit from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rupp Funeral Home. At 7 p.m. Sunday , Lee’s uncle, Deacon George Cousino, will lead in reciting the Rosary. Lee will lie in state at 10 a.m. Monday at Divine Grace Parish, Maybee, where Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. by the church pastor, Rev. Fr. Michael Woroniewicz. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Dundee.

Born December 15, 1977 in Monroe, Lee was the son of Leon and Janet (Trabbic) Salenbien. He was a 1996 graduate of Dundee High School where he lettered in wrestling and was a Runner-up State Wrestling Champ. He also attended Monroe County Community College. After graduation, Lee worked for London Aggregate until 1999. It was during this time that he decided to pursue his dream of owning his own business, Salenbien Trucking and Excavating. A few years later, his brother Andy joined him as a partner in 2002.

Lee had a passion for his business and was a hard worker. He was known to be a quiet, unselfish and giving individual. He loved his five daughters and spending time at his property in Manchester, camping, 4-wheeling, and boating.

Lee is survived by his parents of Dundee; five loving daughters, McKenzie, Mylee, Macy, Maddie, and Kiera, all of Dundee; his brother and business partner, Andrew (Beth) Salenbien of Britton, Michigan; two sisters, Cherryl (Kris) Nicholas of Temperance and Laura (Scott) Williams of Monroe; grandmother, Mary Salenbien of Dundee; seven nieces and three nephews.

Lee was preceded in death by his grandparents, George Salenbien, and Herbert and Eunice Trabbic.

Memorial donations may be made to “Leon Salenbien’s Girls” for the benefit of his five daughters.

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