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Teen suffers critical injuries in crash

Photo from WOODTV.com.

Photo from WOODTV.com.

A Cedar Springs teen was sent to the hospital with critical injuries last Thursday afternoon, after he failed to stop at a stop sign and was broadsided by a road commission dump truck.

According to the Kent County Sheriffs Department, Lee Brandt Tompkins, 18, of Spencer Township, was traveling east on 14 Mile Road, about 2:39 p.m., in a 2001 Chevy Malibu, when he failed to stop at the stop sign at Pine Island Drive. A fully-loaded Kent County Road Commission dump truck was traveling northbound on Pine Island Drive at the time, and not required to stop.

The Road Commission truck hit the brakes, but struck the car broadside on the passenger side, then went off the road to the right, over a ditch, through a yard, and into a house. The car was pushed up the road and into a ditch on the west side of the road.

Tompkins was taken to Butterworth by Aero Med with critical injuries. The Road Commission driver, Steven Mark Blossom, 60, of Grant, suffered minor scrapes on both arms and top of head. He was not transported to the hospital.

Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts, and alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

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