Case closed in death of Evart man struck by vehicle in July

OSCEOLA COUNTY — The death of an Evart man struck by a vehicle in July in Osceola County’s Orient Township has been ruled an accident and no charges will be filed.

Dwane William Lowrie, 39, was killed after being run over at approximately 1:30 a.m. on July 18 on M-66 near Meceola Road.

“It was a tragic accident, however, it was not a crime,” said Osceola County Prosecutor Tyler Thompson.

Thompson explained he reviews reports on all “unusual” deaths in the county, such as accidents, suicides and overdoses. After looking at all the information compiled by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office regarding Lowrie’s death, Thompson found no foul play.

“In this instance, no charges were warranted,” he said.

Investigation shows Lowrie was intoxicated and lying in the road at the time of his death, said Osceola County Undersheriff Justin Halladay.

The driver who struck Lowrie believed he may have clipped a deer, so he stopped a quarter-mile down the road to check, Halladay said. When nothing seemed out of the ordinary, he continued on his way.

“This elderly individual didn’t hear about the case to know about our investigation,” Halladay said. “It was the culmination of some unfortunate events. The driver was pretty devastated to learn what had actually happened.”

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office first investigated the case as a hit-and-run, investigating the scene and searching the surrounding area for information, including attempting to contact the occupants of nearby homes.

Police were later able to make a break in the case by analyzing pieces of the vehicle left behind at the scene, said Halladay.

“We were able to find the make and model of the vehicle, then do a vehicle registration check to find those in our area,” Halladay said.

While the case did not turn out to be criminal in nature, being able to get to the bottom of what occurred is important for many reasons, he added.

“We were able to close the case and the family was able to get some closure,” Halladay said. “While it’s natural to want someone held responsible, it turned out this was simply an accident, not a hit-and-run or negligent homicide.”