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Four teens injured in accident

Two teens suffered critical injuries after the car they were riding in rolled over Monday evening.

Four teens were injured when this jeep rolled Monday. Photo courtesy of WOODTV.com.

Four teens were injured when this jeep rolled Monday. Photo courtesy of WOODTV.com.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred about 9:14 p.m. Monday, August 6, in the 1800 block of 16 Mile Road, just west of Algoma Avenue. A 2003 Jeep driven by Ashley Marie Benzer, 16, of Algoma Township, was traveling westbound on 16 Mile, when the vehicle ran off the right side of the road, went down into the ditch, reentered the roadway and rolled several times before coming to a stop. The two backseat passengers were not wearing seatbelts and were ejected from the vehicle.

Police said the driver admitted she was traveling too fast on the gravel road.
All four teens were treated at the scene by Algoma Fire and Rescue. Benzer and the other front seat passenger, Kendal Lenae Oberdorfer, 18, of Algoma Township, were transported to Spectrum Butterworth with non-life-threatening injuries by Rockford Ambulance. Jenna Lynn Rickner, 17, of Courtland Township, was transported with head lacerations and multiple abrasions, and Marcus Deon-Maric Walls, 17, suffered a head injury, abrasions, and other injuries.

Police said alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

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