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Crash takes life of Sparta High teen


Five teens were riding in this Pontiac Grand Prix when it left the road and hit a tree in Alpine Township on Sunday, April 10. Photo from FOX 17.

Five teens were riding in this Pontiac Grand Prix when it left the road and hit a tree in Alpine Township on Sunday, April 10. Photo from FOX 17.

An Alpine Township family is grieving this week after their 16-year-old daughter died from injuries she suffered in a traffic accident involving five teens.

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Alyssa Eggerding

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, they responded to the scene of an unknown accident on April 10, at 3:45 a.m. at the intersection of 9 Mile and Vinton, in Alpine Township. Also responding to the scene was Alpine Township Fire Department, AeroMed, and Rockford Ambulance.

They determined that the vehicle, a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix, was traveling north on Vinton, when the teen driver lost control and went off the roadway, and struck a tree at the northeast corner of Vinton and 9 Mile.

There were five teenagers in the vehicle, and they all suffered serious injuries.

One of the passengers, Alyssa Eggerding, 16, of Alpine Township, died Monday, April 11, of her injuries. She was a junior at Sparta High School, and member of the varsity softball team.

The other teens involved in the accident included the driver, Armando Mendoza, 17, of Alpine Township; Alyssa Naughton, 16, of Walker; Kaitlin Keeler, 15, of Alpine Township; and Olivia Lawrence, 17, of Sparta. Lawrence is also a Sparta High School student, and the others are Comstock Park High School students.

Police do not believe that the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The Sheriff department’s investigation will be forwarded to the Kent County Prosecutor’s office for review and formal charges once it is completed.

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White Cloud woman killed in accident


 

A 48-year-old White Cloud woman died last Saturday, October 10, after a two-car accident in Alpine Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, the accident occurred near the intersection of Fruit Ridge and 9 Mile Road, at 1:34 p.m.

The preliminary investigation showed that a northbound 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Kimberly Voorhees, 48, of White Cloud, crossed the centerline of the roadway to avoid hitting a slower moving vehicle and was struck by a south bound 2005 GMC Sierra Pick-up truck driven by Troy Guerra, 35, of Sparta.

Voorhees was transported to Spectrum Butterworth by Rockford Ambulance, where she later died of her injuries.

Guerra and his three pediatric passengers—Parker Guerra, 5, Tanner Guerra, 8, and Tanner Bormes, 9—were all transported to Spectrum Butterworth and treated for minor injuries.

This accident remains under investigation.

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