Barry County Man Drives on Suspended License, Passenger Dies Following Crash

Elvin W. Kizziar, a 36-year-old Plainwell man, was recently involved in an accident that left his 42-year-old wife dead. Kizziar was driving on a suspended license at the time of the accident in which his vehicle left the road and struck a tree. The accident occurred the day after Christmas according to news reports, which also indicated that other factors contributed to the crash following blood tests performed by the Michigan State Crime Lab.

Prairieville Township Police indicated that Kizziar was driving near Kane Road in an eastbound direction on Cressey Road when he lost control of the vehicle. Melissa Jo Ulferts, Kizziar’s wife, suffered head and internal injuries, and was pronounced dead just after emergency responders arrived. According to Fox 17 news, snow may have also contributed to the accident.

Kizziar suffered only minor injuries in the accident, and was arrested. He was charged with driving on a suspended license causing death, and was being held at the Barry County Jail. The accident was still under investigation at the time of news reports.

While the unusual circumstances surrounding this accident will likely leave Kizziar facing serious criminal charges, Michigan driving with a suspended license attorneys know that under ordinary circumstances, individuals caught operating a vehicle when their license has been suspended or revoked may also face serious penalties.


If you are stopped and found to be driving on a suspended license, you may face fines, jail time, and your license may be suspended for double the amount of time it was originally suspended for. An experienced Michigan driver’s license restoration lawyer may be able to help you get your license back, or have the suspension period reduced depending on the circumstances surrounding the reasons for the suspension. You may have options; contact our firm today to discuss your situation.