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Two killed in Howard City crash

Howard City fatal accident

Two people in this Ford Ranger were killed Monday when another car ran a stop sign.

An accident Monday morning at M-82 and West County Line Road (Newcosta) in Howard City killed two people and sent two others to the hospital.

According to Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt, Stephanie Bass, 35, of Grandville, was heading southbound, in a Chrysler 300, on W. County Line Road, about 10:55 a.m. Monday, October 4, when she failed to stop at the sign at M-82 and struck an eastbound Ford Ranger. Both vehicles left the roadway and came to rest on the southeast corner of the intersection. Both vehicles suffered extensive damage.

Upon arrival at the scene, the reporting officer discovered two victims pinned in the Ford Ranger, and a woman on the ground. The driver of the Ford Ranger, Mark Spillman, 49, of Comstock Park, and his passenger, Kenneth Sullivan, 55, of Newaygo, both died at the scene. Kenneth`s wife, Shelly Sullivan, 46, of Newaygo was transported to Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids with serious injuries. All three people in the Ford Ranger were related.

Bass, the driver of the Chrysler, was found in the driver’s seat with non-life-threatening injuries.

Assisting at the scene was Howard City Fire Department, Rescue 29, Newaygo County Sheriff Department, Montcalm County EMS, and the Michigan State Police.

The accident is still under investigation, and the Montcalm County prosecutor will decide if charges will be filed in the case.

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