CADILLAC — The Wexford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a second fatal vehicle and pedestrian crash in less than 24 hours after deputies responded to an incident on M-55 and South 13 Road in Henderson Township early Thursday morning.

The Wexford County Sheriff's Office said Friday Elizabeth Gutierrez, 44, of Bealuh, died in the crash.

Wexford County Sheriff Trent Taylor said Thursday afternoon the 44-year-old female victim was traveling west on M-55 in her vehicle when she ran out of gas. She left her vehicle and began walking. Taylor said the victim was just east of the Caberfae Peaks sign and 13 Road when she was hit by a 39-year-old Cadillac woman.

Taylor said the victim was hit less than a half mile from her vehicle. Although police know the identity of the victim, Taylor said the name of the woman will not be released as they haven’t been able to notify her next of kin.

Taylor said no other details of the crash would be released at this time.

In a press release from the sheriff’s office, it said deputies were dispatched at 6:38 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 to a report of a crash involving a motor vehicle and a pedestrian. Police said a vehicle was traveling westbound on M-55 when it struck a pedestrian that was in the roadway. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

M-55 in the area of the crash was shut down from South 21 Road to South 13 Road while the crash was investigated, according to police. The sheriff’s office was assisted by MMR EMS, Cherry Grove Township EMS and the Cherry Grove Township Fire Department.

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