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Motorcyclist struck by car


A Cedar Springs man was hospitalized Sunday after the motorcycle he was driving was struck by a car.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred about 4:40 p.m. Sunday, August 11, in Eureka Township. Denny Walter, 32, was heading southbound on S. Greenville Road, when a 2011 GMC driven by Karen Burkholder, 58, of Gowen, pulled out of the Petersen Oil parking lot to head north on S. Greenville Road. Police said that Burkholder did not see Walter, and pulled out into the roadway and struck the motorcycle. Walter sustained multiple injuries and was taken by Montcalm County Ambulance Service to Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids with non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

The road was closed for about 45 minutes. The Greenville Department of Public Safety assisted at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.

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Four injured in multi-car accident


UPDATE June 13: The driver of the westbound Chevy Malibu, Coleen Mary Stoudt, 59, of Carson City, died of her injuries, on Wednesday, June 12.

ORIGINAL:

A pickup truck rear-ended another vehicle on M-57, in Oakfield Township, Tuesday afternoon causing an accident that included four cars and sent four people to the hospital.

The accident occurred about 4:30 p.m. on M-57, just east of Podunk. Several cars were reportedly stopped behind a car in the eastbound lane that was waiting to turn left into a daycare, when a maroon Ford F-250 slammed into the rear-end of a white Chevy Silverado that was stopped. The impact sent the Silverado into the Buick Century in front of it, and then into the westbound lane, where it hit a Chevy Malibu head on and down the driver’s side.

According to a witness, Oakfield Fire and Rescue had to remove the door to get the female driver out, who was sent to the hospital with severe injuries. She was unresponsive when pulled from the car.

At least three other victims were also sent to the hospital. No information was available at press time on the identities of the victims or the extent of their injuries.

 

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Son charged in mother’s death


 

Photo from wood-tv.com

Photo from wood-tv.com

 

Lorenzo Martinez

Lorenzo Martinez

A Pierson man has been charged with negligent homicide in the auto accident death of his mother, also from Pierson.

According to D/Lt. Jim Christiansen, of the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred just after noon on Friday, April 6. Alicia Keech, 45, was driving westbound in the 9600 block of Apple Avenue (near the county waste facility), when her son, Lorenzo Martinez, 20, who was the front seat passenger, jerked the steering wheel, causing Keech’s SUV to cross the centerline and hit an eastbound semi.

Keech was killed instantly.

Photo from wood-tv.com

Photo from wood-tv.com

Lorenzo Martinez suffered a head injury and was taken to the hospital. Two backseat passengers, Martin Martinez, 26, of Cedar Springs, and Jamie Kinsley, 30, also of Cedar Springs, also suffered injuries. All were wearing seatbelts. The semi truck driver was not injured.

Lorenzo Martinez was arrested and charged with negligent homicide when he was released from the hospital on Friday. According to police, he has had a history of mental health issues, and is currently being evaluated.

Alicia Keech

Alicia Keech

Keech was an employee at Wesco in Cedar Springs. She was born in Muskegon, and graduated from Reeths-Puffer High School. Family and friends met at Bliss Witters & Pike Funeral Home in Cedar Springs Wednesday. No funeral service is scheduled.

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Women injured in ORV accident


Three women were injured in Spencer Township last weekend when the ORV they were riding on flipped over.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred just after 4:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 6. The women were riding on a 2012 Kawasaki side by side in a field behind a residence at 13800 Winter Valley Dr NE, when the driver attempted to turn but was traveling too fast, which caused the ORV to tip onto its side and eject all three occupants.

When the ORV tipped, it landed on the driver, and Aero Med was called to the scene. The driver, Angela Cassel-Flacks, 51, of Las Vegas, Nevada, suffered head and pelvic injuries, and was airlifted to Butterworth Hospital.

The other two passengers received injuries from being ejected. Injured was Brittany Dingler, 21, of Fenton, Michigan, who suffered head and leg injuries; and Jessica Cates, 24, of Utica, Michigan, who suffered a head injury. Both were transported to Butterworth by Rockford Ambulance.

Police said the ORV was meant for only two passengers, and the third passenger was riding in the cargo box, which had no seat restraints. None of the women were wearing seatbelts or helmets, and the ORV does have a roll cage.

Both Spencer Fire and Rescue and Oakfield Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

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Pickup runs into school bus


A Cedar Springs School bus was hit by a pickup truck driver Wednesday afternoon. No students were hurt in the accident. Post photo by J. Reed.

Seven students escaped injury this afternoon when an intoxicated driver hit a Cedar Springs Public Schools bus.

The accident happened shortly before 3 p.m. at the corner of 18 Mile and Main Street in Cedar Springs.

According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, a pickup truck, driven by a 48-year-old Cedar Springs man, was heading north on Main Street, and attempted to turn right on to 18 Mile, where he crossed over the center line, and hit a school bus waiting at the stop sign to turn left on Main Street. He hit the bus in the left rear wheel area.

Parent said the pickup driver’s door could have been open, because the bus driver reported that the driver was falling out as he passed her window. He didn’t actually fall out, however.

Police believe alcohol was involved. Parent said the driver did admit to recently drinking and was arrested. He is expected to be arraigned Thursday. Neither the driver nor his 60-year-old passenger were injured.

Parent said the bus driver reported minor shoulder pain, consistent with wearing a seatbelt.

According to Assistant Cedar Springs Superintendent David Cairy, the students on the bus were middle school to high school age. He said each student was checked out individually to be sure they were uninjured. They were then put on another bus to finish the route.

“Overall it was a good result to an unfortunate accident,” said Parent.

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Road rage sparks accident


Police looking for older red pickup

Police think that an accident on US131 last Saturday could be the result of a road rage incident.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a personal injury crash that occurred on US 131 in Reynolds Township Saturday afternoon, April 14. They reported that two vehicles were heading south, when the vehicle in front, a red Ford Ranger pickup, suddenly braked. The car behind, a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by David

Wolansky, 56, of Reed City, had to swerve to avoid the truck and lost control, going off the road and hitting some trees. The truck continued southbound on US131.

Wolansky and his wife, Susan Wolansky, 53, had to be extricated from their car by medical/fire personnel using the “Jaws of Life.” Susan Wolansky was taken to Mecosta County General Hospital in Big Rapids by Mecosta County Emergency Medical Services. Her injuries/condition are unknown but are believed to be non-life threatening. David Wolansky was taken to Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids by Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services with a serious leg injury. His condition at this time is unknown.

Deputies are looking for an older red Ford Ranger, with stickers in the rear window. The crash remains under investigation and the Sheriff’s office is asking anyone with any information to call 989-831-7590 or the TIP line at 989-831-7593.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by Howard City Fire Department, along with Montcalm and Mecosta County Emergency Medical Services.

 

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Three injured in crash


Three people were sent to the hospital Wednesday morning after a crash in Solon Township.

The accident occurred about 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, at the intersection of 18 Mile and Algoma Avenue.

According to Sgt. Loughlin of the Kent County Sheriff Department, a vehicle driven by a 31-year-old woman, from Wayland, was traveling eastbound on 18 Mile, when she either didn’t stop at the stop sign at Algoma Avenue, or pulled out in front a vehicle traveling southbound on Algoma. The impact sent the two cars rolling into a field at the southeast corner of the intersection. The woman’s car landed on its top, and she was pinned in. The other car, which held a 46-year-old man and his 55-year-old wife, both from Cedar Springs, and a small dog, landed on its side.

Solon Fire and Rescue called Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue for assistance, and they both worked on freeing the passengers. The Wayland woman was sent to Butterworth with serious injuries. The husband and wife were also sent to the hospital, with non-life-threatening injuries. The dog did not want to come out of the car, but firefighters were soon able to coax him out. He appeared shaky, but uninjured.

 

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Kent City teen dies in accident


Brittany Snyder

An 18-year-old girl from Kent City died last Friday night, February 24, when the car she was driving left the road and hit a tree.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Brittany Aleshia Snyder, 18, was traveling eastbound on 18 Mile, west of Fruit Ridge, in Tyrone Township, about 1:10 a.m., when she ran off the south side of the road and struck a tree. Snyder was trapped in the vehicle and it erupted in flames. An 18-year-old female passenger ran to a nearby house and dialed 911.

The car was completely engulfed in flames when deputies and firefighters arrived on the scene. Kent City Fire and Rescue extinguished the fire and assisted in medical treatment of the passenger. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said that alcohol was a factor in the accident. Speed and weather may also have been a factor. The accident is still under investigation.

Snyder is the daughter of Jason and Gail Snyder. A celebration of her life was held on Wednesday, February 29, at Stegenga Funeral Chapel in Belmont.

 

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Man hurt in jet ski accident


Sheriff deputies from Montcalm County are investigating a jet ski accident that sent one man to the hospital last weekend.

According to police, two men were operating jet skis on Cowden Lake, in Maple Valley Township, on Friday, July 8, at about 3:43 p.m. when the accident occurred. Marine deputies were at the boat launch at the time.

The deputies determined that Kristopher Spoon, 33, of Zeeland, and Charles Dupin, 36, of Kincheloe, were operating jet skis in the middle of the lake, and were spinning the jet skis in circles and jumping their own wake, when the two jet skis collided. Dupin was struck and thrown from the jet ski into the water. Spoon rescued Dupin and took him to shore, where he was met by marine deputies and first responders.

Dupin was transported to an AeroMed helicopter and flown to Spectrum Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition.

Both men were wearing lifejackets and alcohol use was not a factor in the accident.

Deputies at the scene were assisted by Maple Valley fire and Montcalm County EMS.

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Bicyclist causes accident


Post photo by J. Reed

A bicyclist crossing West Muskegon Street caused an accident Sunday when it failed to yield to oncoming cars. According Cedar Springs Police, they were called to the scene where the White Pine Trail crosses West Muskegon at about 10:55 a.m. Sunday, June 26. A vehicle was reportedly headed west on Muskegon when a bicyclist rode across the road in front of them. They slammed on their brakes, causing a second car to hit the first one. The bicyclist fled the scene. Assisting at the scene was the Cedar Springs Fire Department and Rockford Ambulance. There were no injuries. There are stop signs on the White Pine Trail at all intersections, and police would like to remind bicyclists that they are required to obey all traffic laws.

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