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Two charged in fatal accidents


A rescue unit ran the stop sign at County Line and Kendaville Rd., resulting in the death of two people.

Two drivers have been charged with negligent homicide after the accidents they were involved in resulted in four deaths.
According to the Police Chief Steven DeWitt, of the Howard City Police Department, a two-count warrant for negligent homicide was issued December 1 for Stephanie Bass, 35, of Grandville. She was arrested on December 3.
The arrest stems from an accident on October 4. According to police, Bass 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. 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.
Bass had non-life-threatening injuries.
A two-count warrant for negligent homicide has also been issued for a driver that was involved in an accident that was related to the first one.
According to police, a Montcalm County Rescue Unit, enroute to the Howard City accident, was traveling north on West County Line Road about 11:13 a.m. October 4, with lights and siren activated, when it broadsided a Chevy Impala traveling east on Kendaville Road. The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office found that the driver of the rescue unit, Richard Wayne Pierce, 70, ran the stop sign at the intersection, which resulted in the deaths of Max Leroy Young, 71, of Lakeview, and his passenger, Shirley Narloch, 61, also of Lakeview. Young was airlifted by AeroMed to the hospital, but later died of his injuries.
Pierce turned himself into authorities on Tuesday afternoon, December 7, and is free on bond.

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