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UPDATE: Victim identified in Livonia crash

June 20, 2018 03:07 PM

Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused a driver to lose control just moments before hitting and killing a woman in Livingston County.

The crash happened about 5:40 p.m. Monday on Richmond Mills Road in Livonia.

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Deputies say the driver of an Isaac Heating van was heading east then crossed the center line, went off the road, hit a woman standing in her yard then slammed into a power pole. The Livingston County Sheriff says the driver of the Isaac heating and air conditioning van that hit her said he fell asleep behind the wheel in his preliminary statement to investigators.

The woman killed, 59-year-old Judith Gillis just happened to be out walking her dog and was going to check the mail when she was hit. The driver turned the corner and stopped in a nearby parking lot.

There were some other initial safety concerns, mainly about live wires because of how the call came in.

“The utility company was here fairly quickly and shut the power off,” Investigator Mike Williams with Livingston County Sheriff's Office said. “The initial report was a female laying underneath live power lines so that brought an immediate response from the power company and they shut off power.” 

Crews were out at the scene overnight working to repair the utility pole and to clear the scene.

Gillis' dog is alive and family members are taking care of the pet.

Charges are pending but no one is currently in custody.

Isaac Heating and Air Conditioning released the following statement concerning the incident:

"The entire team at Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning was saddened to learn of an accident involving one of our vehicles. Safety is one of our core values and reflects our dedication to our region and customers. We are working closely with authorities to support their investigation and defer to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office with any additional questions."

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