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Police arrest driver in hit and run

A 27-year-old Howard City man has been arrested for a hit and run accident that occurred on Tuesday, April 29 in Howard City.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred about 7:02 p.m. on Walnut Street, near Cedar Street. A 2007 Ford Ranger was traveling eastbound on Walnut Street and preparing to turn into a private drive, when it was struck from behind by a 1999 Ford Explorer. The Ford Explorer then left the scene. Witnesses and occupants of the Ranger were able to provide deputies with a description of the driver and the vehicle’s registration plate.

One occupant of the Ford Ranger, a 20-year-old Jenison woman, was treated by Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services at the scene for injuries to her head and neck. She declined to be transported to a hospital. A 37-year-old Kentwood woman, a 23-year-old Jenison man, and a 1-year-old child, also from Jenison, were uninjured in the crash.

A witness to the crash had followed the Explorer to a residence a short distance from the scene and provided the location to deputies. A 27-year-old Howard City man was then lodged at the Montcalm County Jail for Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident and Driving while License Suspended.

Alcohol use was not involved in the crash and all occupants of the vehicles involved were wearing their seatbelts. The accident remains under investigation.

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