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Man charged in Montcalm crash

Man charged in Montcalm crash
Joel Ibarra

Joel Ibarra

The crash occurred May 1, when Ibarra attempted to pass multiple vehicles in his black Audi and struck an elderly couple’s Buick head-on.

The crash occurred May 1, when Ibarra attempted to pass multiple vehicles in his black Audi and struck an elderly couple’s Buick head-on.

A Wyoming, Michigan man has been charged in the crash that killed an elderly couple from Grand Rapids on May 1, in Montcalm County.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, Joel Ibarra, 26, of Wyoming, was arrested late Monday afternoon in connection with the crash that killed Raymond and Mary Wrona, both 88, of Grand Rapids. The crash occurred on May 1, about 7:18 p.m., on M-66, near Schmeid Road, in Belvidere Township.

The Wronas were traveling soutbound in a red 1999 Buick LeSabre, when Ibarra tried to pass multiple northbound vehicles in his 2012 black Audi. Ibarra could not complete the pass in time, and the vehicles collided head on, on the west shoulder of the road.

Raymond Wrona, the driver of the Buick, was transported to Kelsey Hospital, where he later died. His wife, Mary, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ibarra and his passenger, Maria Mancha, 28, from Comstock Park, were both transported to Kelsey Hospital and treated for their injuries.

Ibarra was arraigned on four charges—two charges of operating while under the influence of a controlled substance causing death and two charges of reckless driving causing death. Ibarra is currently out on a $35,000.00 bond.

Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

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