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Woman killed in head-on crash

A Cedar Springs woman was killed Saturday night when the car she was riding in crossed the centerline and hit another vehicle head on.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the crash occurred about 11:43 p.m. near the intersection of Sparta Avenue and Ball Creek in Sparta Township. Witnesses reported that a southbound 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by Ralph Edward Reichard Jr., 33, of Newaygo, crossed over the centerline and struck a northbound GMC Arcadia head on.

The passenger in the Cavalier, Christina Gray Kent, 39, of Cedar Springs, died at the scene. The driver of the Cavalier was transported to Spectrum Health downtown with numerous injuries, including a broken arm, broken leg, and head trauma.

All four passengers in the SUV also sustained injuries and were transported by ambulance. The driver, Matthew Lee Wert, 41, of Newaygo, suffered head lacerations; Toni Sue Wert, 46, of Newaygo, suffered chest and leg pain; Kevin Allen Gentz, 36, of Howard City suffered head lacerations, back pain, and a possible broken foot; and Melissa Jo Gentz, 30, of Howard City, suffered leg pain.

Deputies were assisted on scene by Sparta Fire, Kent City Fire, and Rockford Ambulance.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

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