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Sand Lake woman charged in fatal accident

Kristy Lynn Beemer

Kristy Lynn Beemer

A driver going too fast on a country road has been charged in an accident that killed two people and seriously injured two others.

Kristy Lynn Beemer, 28, of Sand Lake, is charged with a moving violation causing death, a one-year misdemeanor, for the accident that occurred at Cedar Springs Avenue and Egner, Wednesday evening, October 16.

A 2008 Ford Taurus was eastbound on Egner and stopped at the stop sign at Cedar Springs Avenue about 6:22 p.m. The driver attempted to turn north on Cedar Springs Avenue and collided with Beemer’s 2008 Saturn that was southbound.

The backseat passenger in the Taurus, Kathleen Fernn Bitely, 88, of Bailey was pronounced dead at the scene. The front seat passenger, Herbert Donald Smith, 92, from Twin Lakes, was transported to the hospital where he later died of his injuries.

Beemer was also charged with a moving violation causing serious injury to her front seat passenger, Michael McBride, 30 of Sand Lake, and his five-year-old daughter, who suffered two broken legs.

According to Kent County Undersheriff Jon Hess, a witness had said that Beemer was moving at a high rate of speed, and that a “black box” inside the car confirmed it. “There is something in the car, kind of like a black box in a plane, that will tell you how fast the car was going when the air bags deployed,” explained Hess. “It was considerably higher than 55.”

Beemer is free on $100 bond.



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2 Responses to “Sand Lake woman charged in fatal accident”

  1. meAgain says:

    Strange. Last I knew you can’t pul out in fronton someone. That coming from the last time I did it. I was told t doesn’t matter how fast the other driver is going or even if you can see them.

  2. mom4angel says:

    I agree with meAgain. How is she being held responsible for the accident when the other car pulled out in front of her? Even if she’d been driving the speed limit of 55, it’d still have been a severe crash depending on how much distance was between them when the car at fault of causing the accident had pulled out. This is a case of socio-economic discrimination. The driver causing the accident admitted it was their fault at the scene and the police confirmed. The charges were only brought up over a month later after the other passenger passed away. It was a tragic accident and the tragedy would only be heightened by putting this young mother and her child, who are still suffering physically and recovering from their injuries, in jail for a year.




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