UPDATED: An 88-year-old Bailey woman was killed Wednesday night when the car she was riding in pulled out in front of another vehicle at the corner of Egner and Cedar Springs Avenue.
According to Sgt. Ben Cammenga, of the Kent County Sheriffs Department, a 2008 Ford Taurus wagon was eastbound on Egner and stopped at the stop sign at Cedar Springs Avenue about 6:22 p.m. The driver, Judy Mae Ranger, 69, of Brohman, attempted to turn north on to Cedar Springs Avenue, and turned in front of a 2008 Saturn that was southbound. The driver of the Saturn, Kristy Lynn Beemer, 28, of Sand Lake, attempted to avoid the Taurus, and swerved into the northbound lane, where both vehicles collided.
Ranger, the driver of the Taurus, suffered bumps and bruises. The front seat passenger, Herbert Donald Smith, 92, from Twin Lakes, suffered an injured hand and injured stomach. The backseat passenger, Kathleen Fernn Bitely, 88, of Bailey, was pronounced dead at the scene. All were wearing seatbelts.
Beemer, the driver of the Saturn, was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. She had blood on her lungs, and suffered an injured hip and ribs. AeroMed was initially called, but could not fly because of the weather.
The front seat passenger, Michael Rock McBride, 30 suffered a broken femur and wrist. A 5-year-old female suffered bumps and bruises, and a 3-year-old female suffered two broken femurs. The driver was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt, but McBride was, and the children were in car seats.
Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.
Assisting at the scene was the Cedar Springs Fire Department and Michigan State Police.