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Woman injured in deer crash


N-Kent-County-Sheriff-logoA Kent City woman was sent to the hospital in critical condition Tuesday after a deer that was hit by another car went flying through her windshield.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred about 8:54 a.m. on Tuesday, October 11, on Algoma Avenue, just south of 15 Mile Road, in Algoma Township.

Doris Schoonmaker, of Sparta, was headed northbound on Algoma when she struck a deer with her 2007 Chevy HHR. The deer flew into the path and through the windshield of a southbound 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Linda Ball, of Kent City, and struck the driver.

A third vehicle then stopped at the scene and assisted the injured driver. Ball was given on-scene emergency care by Algoma Fire and Rescue and Rockford EMS and transported to Spectrum Butterworth with life-threatening injuries.

The driver that originally hit the deer was not injured. Neither vehicle had passengers. Both drivers wore seatbelts and police said neither alcohol nor excessive speed were factors. The crash remains under investigation.

According to the Michigan Deer Crash Coalition, fall is the most dangerous time of year for deer-vehicle crashes. Almost 50 percent of deer crashes occur October through December. There were 47,001 deer crashes in Michigan last year, and Kent County had the second most in the state with 1,528. Eleven people were killed in deer crashes last year, and another 1,132 were injured.

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