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Dennis Marchand killed in truck/car accident

December 10, 2007
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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.

Police reports state Marchand was driving his pickup truck south on Seymour Road in Gaines Township when a Chevy Cavalier, driven by a 17 year old, entered the intersection and hit the truck. The teenager was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The police report stated speed was likely a factor in the crash and that they are continuing their investigation.
Funeral services for Marchand will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Swartz Funeral Home at 1225 Hill Road in Flint. Visitation will be at the funeral home Thursday from 11 a.m. until the services begin.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association.
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