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Three northern Kent County residents hurt in Lowell crash


A Rockford man is in critical condition and a Cedar Springs couple is in stable condition after a traffic accident in Lowell Township Sunday morning, October 26.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Joseph Kelly, 66, of Rockford, was driving a 1999 Chevrolet Prism southbound on Segwun Avenue, about 9:26 a.m., when he failed to stop at the stop sign at Cascade Road. He was hit by an eastbound 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by David Ladd, 65, of Cedar Springs.

Both vehicles drove off the roadway and into a field. Kelly was not responsive at the accident scene and was transported by Aeromed to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital. He is in critical condition at this time. Lad,d and his wife, Vickie,63, were transported by ambulance to Spectrum. They are in stable condition.

The accident is still under investigation at this time. Neither Alcohol nor speed appear to be factors.

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Pedestrian dies in accident


A man died Friday evening after being hit by a vehicle while trying to cross 17 Mile Road in Cedar Springs.

A man died Friday evening after being hit by a vehicle while trying to cross 17 Mile Road in Cedar Springs.

A man was killed on 17 Mile Road in Cedar Springs about 6 p.m. Friday evening, October 17, while crossing the street.

Police identified the man as Bruce Hickman, 53, of the City of Cedar Springs.

Chief Chad Potts said the man had just left a store and was trying to cross the road.

A witness at the scene told the Post that while he was waiting to pull out of the Family Fare driveway, he saw the victim on the south side of the road, near the mailbox at 4186 17 Mile (just east of the Cedar Christian Academy sign), enter the roadway heading north. The witness looked away to the west, and when he looked back east, he saw the man get hit by a westbound vehicle.

The vehicle skidded to a stop in front of Choice One Bank.

Chief Potts said that according to another witness, the victim looked west before he crossed the road, but not east.

First responders gave the man CPR, but he did not survive his injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Alcohol was not a factor on the part of the driver. A toxicology report on the victim is not yet available.

Cedar Springs Police, the Kent County Sheriff Department, Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue, and Rockford Ambulance all assisted at the scene.

The accident is still under investigation.

A memorial service for Mr. Hickman, reportedly a longtime resident of an adult foster care home here in Cedar Springs, is set for Thursday, October 23, at the Pentecostal Church of Kentwood, 2627 44th St. SE, Kentwood, from 6-8 p.m.

 

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Accident sends one to hospital


The driver of this car was extricated from the vehicle after a crash Tuesday in Solon Township. Post photo by L. Allen.

The driver of this car was extricated from the vehicle after a crash Tuesday in Solon Township. Post photo by L. Allen.

The Kent County Sheriff Department responded to the scene of an accident about noon, Tuesday, May 6, at the corner of Algoma and Solon Rd.

According to information the Post collected at the scene, a Chevy Silverado heading east on Solon Road stopped at the stop sign at Algoma, and then pulled out in front of a Pontiac Sunfire heading northbound on Algoma and the two collided.

The driver of the Sunfire had to be extricated from the vehicle, and was transported to the hospital. Her injuries were unknown at press time.

This Chevy Silverado pulled out in front of the Pontiac Sunfire. Post photo by L. Allen.

This Chevy Silverado pulled out in front of the Pontiac Sunfire. Post photo by L. Allen.

The driver of the truck declined to be transported to the hospital.

Both Solon and Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue responded to the scene.

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Sand Lake woman charged in fatal accident


Kristy Lynn Beemer

Kristy Lynn Beemer

A driver going too fast on a country road has been charged in an accident that killed two people and seriously injured two others.

Kristy Lynn Beemer, 28, of Sand Lake, is charged with a moving violation causing death, a one-year misdemeanor, for the accident that occurred at Cedar Springs Avenue and Egner, Wednesday evening, October 16.

A 2008 Ford Taurus was eastbound on Egner and stopped at the stop sign at Cedar Springs Avenue about 6:22 p.m. The driver attempted to turn north on Cedar Springs Avenue and collided with Beemer’s 2008 Saturn that was southbound.

The backseat passenger in the Taurus, Kathleen Fernn Bitely, 88, of Bailey was pronounced dead at the scene. The front seat passenger, Herbert Donald Smith, 92, from Twin Lakes, was transported to the hospital where he later died of his injuries.

Beemer was also charged with a moving violation causing serious injury to her front seat passenger, Michael McBride, 30 of Sand Lake, and his five-year-old daughter, who suffered two broken legs.

According to Kent County Undersheriff Jon Hess, a witness had said that Beemer was moving at a high rate of speed, and that a “black box” inside the car confirmed it. “There is something in the car, kind of like a black box in a plane, that will tell you how fast the car was going when the air bags deployed,” explained Hess. “It was considerably higher than 55.”

Beemer is free on $100 bond.

 

 

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Semi driver ticketed in accident


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N-Crash2-Howard-CityHoward City Police said that a semi truck driver pulled out in front of an oncoming car Monday, causing an accident.

According to Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt, the accident occurred about 7:30 a.m. Monday, December 2, on M-46 near Edgar Rd., in front of the M-46 Truck Stop. The police investigation showed that a 2014 Freight liner semi truck and trailer driven by a 51-year-old Levering, Michigan man pulled out of the truck stop and was attempting to turn westbound onto M-46 and turned into the path of an eastbound Buick Regal driven by a 44-year-old Morley man.

The Buick reportedly struck the rear axle of the semi trailer causing the dual axles of the trailer to be ripped off and the trailer dropped to the ground.
The Buick suffered severe frontend damage and its driver had to be extricated from the vehicle. He was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the semi truck was cited for fail to yield the right of way.

M-46 was shut down to traffic for nearly three hours.

Howard City Police was assisted at the scene by the Montcalm Co. Sheriff Department, the Michigan State Police Commercial Motor Carrier division, Montcalm County EMS, and the Howard City Fire Department.

 

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Woman dies in rollover accident


Bridget Brinkmeier, 24 of Courtland Township

Bridget Brinkmeier, 24 of Courtland Township

A Cedar Springs woman died Saturday evening, when the truck that she and her fiancee’ were riding in left the roadway and rolled in Algoma Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Bridget Brinkmeier, 24 of Courtland Township, was a passenger in a 2013 Chevy Silverado driven by Nicholas McIntyre, 24, also of Courtland Township. The car was traveling northbound on Northland Drive, just north of Russell Road, about 11:43 p.m. Saturday, November 24, when the driver lost control and the car ran off the west side of the roadway and rolled over.

Nicholas was transported to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital with minor injuries. Bridget was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to a family member, they both graduated from Rockford High School in 2004. They started dating in their sophomore year, and were planning to be married in March. She said they had been to the Food, Beer, and Wine Festival in Grand Rapids, and were less than a mile from home when the accident occurred. The family member said Bridget was sleeping in the back seat, and that Nicholas also fell asleep. She noted that his blood alcohol was below the legal limit.

Nicholas was originally booked into the Kent County Jail on a charge of OWI Causing death, but that charge was dismissed.

Police said the accident is still under investigation, and will be forwarded to the Kent County Prosecutor’s office for review.

The Algoma Fire Department, Rockford Police, and Rockford Ambulance assisted at the scene.

Bridget is the daughter of Bill and Jennifer Brinkmeier of Rockford. Funeral services are today, Wednesday, November 27, at 11 a.m., at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, in Belmont.

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Two injured in Solon crash


A semi truck blowing its horn reportedly distracted another driver and caused him to crash into an oncoming car last Saturday.

According to Kent County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred at the intersection of 17 Mile and Algoma last Saturday, November 9, just before 10 a.m. Police said that a 2010 Ford Fusion driven by Andrew Paul Dawson, 26, of Cedar Springs, was westbound on 17 Mile and stopped at the stop sign at Algoma, then turned north on Algoma. It was then that he was distracted by a semi truck blowing its horn at another driver, and took the turn too wide, causing him to cross into the southbound lane and strike an oncoming car. Both the Fusion and the car it hit, a 2006 Ford Freestyle, ended up in the southbound lane on Algoma.

Dawson was not injured in the crash. The driver of the Freestyle, Tracy Lynn Cooper, 44, of Tyrone Township, complained of neck, head and back pain and was transported to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital. Her front seat passenger, Betty Cooper, 83, also of Tyrone Township, had difficulty breathing, and while en route to the hospital, it was determined she had internal injuries. Another passenger in the car, John Cooper, 83, of Tyrone, was not injured.

Alcohol was not a factor in the accident, and it is still under investigation.

Solon Township Fire and Rescue and Rockford Ambulance assisted at the scene.

 

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Motorcyclist injured in crash with car


N-Car vs Motorcycle Kent County Sheriff badgeUPDATED October 25 with corrections regarding motorcyclist’s injuries:

A motorcyclist suffered severe injuries after a car collided with him Saturday afternoon, October 19.

According to Sgt. Ben Cammenga, of the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Michael Streeter, 55, of Sparta, was traveling southbound on White Creek Avenue, south of 17 Mile, when a northbound vehicle tried to turn left into Big Boy, and turned in front of the motorcycle, causing them to collide.

AeroMed was put on standby, but later cancelled. A call from the family confirmed that Streeter suffered a broken back, broken ribs, and a collapsed lung. He was in intensive care until Friday, October 25, and will move to Mary Free Bed for rehabilitation when he is better.

The driver of the vehicle, Jeffrey VanderKlipp, 48, of Rockford, was not injured.

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Two injured in Solon crash


Kent County Sheriff DeptAn accident in Solon Township Sunday night sent two people to the hospital, one with possible life threatening injuries.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Chad Wehler, 22, of Howard City, was driving a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix eastbound on 18 Mile about 10 p.m., when he pulled out in front of another car traveling southbound on Algoma.  The other car, a 2001 GMC Yukon, driven by Kylie Burns, 24, of Howard City, struck Wehler’s vehicle in the driver’s side door. Wehler had to be extricated from the vehicle and was transported to Butterworth Hospital by AeroMed with possible life threatening injuries. Burns was transported to the hospital by Rockford Ambulance.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts. Police believe alcohol was a factor in the accident.

 

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Vehicles collide at 17 Mile and White Creek


_N-Accident-White-Creek-and-17-MileCedar Springs Police and Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue responded to a two car accident at 17 Mile and White Creek  Ave about 6:13 p.m. Sunday, August 11 that involved seven people.

According to police, Kerry Jean Eggebeen, 29, of Cedar Springs, was heading eastbound on 17 Mile in a Dodge Van, when she attempted a left turn on to northbound White Creek and struck a westbound Honda Civic. The Civic was driven by Elizabeth Marie Cutler, 34, of Sand Lake.

Both drivers noted that the traffic light was green. Eggebeen was cited for failure to yield right of way at an intersection.

The Dodge Van was carrying three passengers, and the Honda Civic was carrying two passengers. One passenger was treated at the scene but no one was transported to the hospital.

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