2017-01-01 / Insight

Sheriff Kalanquin still hospitalized following crash

BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com


The police cruiser driven by Lapeer County Sheriff Ron Kalanquin, 70, sustained extensive damage following a Dec. 8 head-on collision with a minivan driven by Allen Babcock, 27, of Lapeer, who was killed in the accident. 
Photo courtesy Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. The police cruiser driven by Lapeer County Sheriff Ron Kalanquin, 70, sustained extensive damage following a Dec. 8 head-on collision with a minivan driven by Allen Babcock, 27, of Lapeer, who was killed in the accident. Photo courtesy Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. LAPEER — December was supposed to be a series of farewells and fetes for Sheriff Ron Kalanquin as he put the finishing touches on a 36-year career as Lapeer County’s longest serving sheriff.

Instead he’s spent most of the closing days of 2016 fighting back from horrific injuries suffered Dec. 8 when his department-issued Dodge Charger was hit head-on by a 2000 Chrysler Town & Country minivan driven by Allen Babcock, 27, of Lapeer.

Babcock died in the crash.

Funeral services were held Dec. 14 for Babcock at First Baptist Church of Attica. The 2008 Lapeer East graduate had married Lannea Carter in the same church just three months earlier and in October he’d started a job as a security guard with Teachout Security Solutions at McLaren Flint.

Undersheriff Bob Rapson said the van, which is 800 pounds lighter than the sheriff’s patrol car, pushed the Dodge back 25 feet. Although the Davison Township Police Dept. has yet to complete the report on the crash, it’s believed the two vehicles were at or close to the posted speed limit on Davison Road, which is 50 mph just east of the city of Davison.

At the time of the crash Kalanquin was headed west on Davison Road to his last annual meeting of the Law Enforcement Officers Regional Training Consortium as a board member at the IMA Brookwood Golf Course in Burton, where he was expected to be recognized for his part in founding the organization.

The crash left the sheriff, 70, with a crushed right ankle, internal abdominal tears, a broken back and multiple broken ribs. He was rushed to Hurley Medical Center where he underwent seven hours of surgery.

In the days since then Kalanquin has undergone several other surgeries. Rapson said Thursday that “doctors were able to remove the vent, which is optimistic given his pneumonia concerns.”

The undersheriff said Kalanquin’s abdominal infection is in check and his multiple broken bones seem to be healing nicely. Rapson said doctors believe the surgeries to his damage ankle will give him a higher level of mobility than originally thought.

Although Kalanquin is conscious and alert he is still in the critical care neuro unit and likely will be for some time.

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