A Pierson man has been charged with negligent homicide in the auto accident death of his mother, also from Pierson.
According to D/Lt. Jim Christiansen, of the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred just after noon on Friday, April 6. Alicia Keech, 45, was driving westbound in the 9600 block of Apple Avenue (near the county waste facility), when her son, Lorenzo Martinez, 20, who was the front seat passenger, jerked the steering wheel, causing Keech’s SUV to cross the centerline and hit an eastbound semi.
Keech was killed instantly.
Lorenzo Martinez suffered a head injury and was taken to the hospital. Two backseat passengers, Martin Martinez, 26, of Cedar Springs, and Jamie Kinsley, 30, also of Cedar Springs, also suffered injuries. All were wearing seatbelts. The semi truck driver was not injured.
Lorenzo Martinez was arrested and charged with negligent homicide when he was released from the hospital on Friday. According to police, he has had a history of mental health issues, and is currently being evaluated.
Keech was an employee at Wesco in Cedar Springs. She was born in Muskegon, and graduated from Reeths-Puffer High School. Family and friends met at Bliss Witters & Pike Funeral Home in Cedar Springs Wednesday. No funeral service is scheduled.