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ORV slams into car


N-Car-vs-ORV1A 16-year-old from Pierson suffered minor injuries on Tuesday, April 16, when the ORV they were driving struck a vehicle in Howard City.

According Howard City Police Chief Steven DeWitt, the accident occurred about 6:18 p.m. at Lake Montcalm Rd and Amy School Rd, in Reynolds Township. A 41-year-old driver from Pierson was southbound on Amy School Rd, when the 16 year-old driver of the ORV struck the vehicles driver side after failing to yield the right of way. The ORV operator was stopped at a westbound stop sign on Lake Montcalm Rd and proceeded across the intersection, striking the vehicle. The teen was thrown from the vehicle and suffered minor injuries. The teen was wearing a helmet.

DeWitt said that an operator of an ORV on a roadway is considered prima facie negligent in crashes with other lawful motor vehicles. The teen was issued a citation for the crash.

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