Dennis Marchand killed in truck/car accident
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Michigan-based horseman Dennis Marchand was killed Sunday while driving his pickup truck hauling two broodmares when he was struck broadside by a teenage driver. Marchand, 52, was killed instantly in the accident that occurred about 2:20 p.m. near Swartz Creek. The horses escaped serious injury except for one suffering a broken jaw.
The Canadian-born Marchand drove 1,039 winners over his career with purse earnings of more than $2.4 million. Since the U.S. Trotting Association began keeping training records in 1991, Marchand conditioned 276 winners with more than $827,000 in purse earnings. Passing the 1,000-win milestone in the fall of 2005, Marchand had driven most recently two horses at Northville Downs on Saturday night.