Allen Park man identified as one of the victims in I-75 crash

By Shawn Ley, Local 4 Reporter, @ShawnLeyLive, sley@wdiv.com
Published On: Feb 01 2013 10:59:01 AM EST
Updated On: Feb 01 2013 05:33:02 PM EST

Family members of 54-year-old Menlaos "Larry" Manolis, who was killed Thursday, talk about their loss with Local 4.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -

One of the victims in Thursday’s deadly whiteout crash on Interstate 75 in southwest Detroit has been identified as Menlaos "Larry" Manolis, 54, of Allen Park. 

The Wayne County medical examiner's office reports Friday that Manolis died of multiple injuries.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. Two children -- 9-year-old Gabrielle Greenwood and 7-year-old Aidin Hicks -- were also killed in the crash. The siblings were from Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada. Their mother, Kim Barrett, is in critical condition at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Their father, Glen Greenwood, is in good condition at the same hospital.

A 10-year-old child remains in critical condition at Children's Hospital of Michigan.

Today, family members of Manolis are sharing more about their loss with Local 4’s Shawn Ley. 

“Everyone called him Larry. He was born in Detroit, he loved Detroit and Detroit loved Larry,” said John Manolis, the victim’s brother. 

Manolis comes from a large Greek family in metro Detroit.

He was the youngest of five brothers and two sisters.

Another Manolis brother passed away from cancer. 

“I’ll bet those two are in heaven right now, playing catch, talking about if the Tigers will win the World Series this year,” John Manolis tells Local 4. 

Manolis’ vehicle appears to have been crushed between two tractor trailers near the front of the multi-vehicle accident.

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Survivors say they could not see on the highway during a white out. 

“I hope he didn’t suffer,” Manolis says of his brother.

Manolis was driving a Pontiac Torrent. From looking at the damage, it’s hard to make out what kind of vehicle he was in. 

Menloas Manolis was an architect, his brother says he played a small role in the design of the restrooms at Ford Field. 

His firm laid him off 8 years ago. Manolis never married, lived alone and was all about being with family as often as possible. He is survived by many nieces and nephews who loved and adored their “Uncle Larry.”

One nephew is Chris Michalakis, the president of the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO. 

Services have not yet been made. In fact, the family was on their way to the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office to identify Manolis when they took the time to speak to Local 4, wanting the community to know about their big-hearted family member. 

John Manolis says he’s heartbroken over the loss of his brother in the accident, but he and his wife also had tears in their eyes thinking of the two children from Windsor who were also killed in the crash.
Shawn Ley will have more with the Manolis family live on Local 4 News at Noon, and 5 p.m.

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