Michigan Dealer Killed In Plane Crash

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The part-owner of a Michigan powersports dealership perished in a private plane crash Tuesday.

Christopher A. Hasty, 32, died when a friend’s two-seat, single-engine airplane crashed in a ditch off I-75 near Vanderbilt at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Witnesses told the Traverse City Record-Eagle the aircraft, owned and piloted by Dr. Patrick J. McNamara, 52, circled I-75 and attempted to land on the highway shortly before it crashed.

Hasty was a part-owner of Total Powersports, a Gaylord ATV and snowmobile dealer. Both were Gaylord natives.

Jeannie Jones, who worked with Hasty for five years at Total Powersports, told the newspaper he was enthusiastic and "full of energy."

"There's nobody in the world like Chris Hasty, at all," Jones said. "Everybody enjoyed Chris."

Hasty left behind a two-year-old daughter and had a persistent dedication to the business, Jones said.

"He was passionate about everything ... He was always here, loved his customers, loved his staff," she said. "He always had fun."

Posted by Holly Wagner