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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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Kent City man hurt in accident


A 21-year-old Kent City man was seriously injured Friday afternoon when the car he was driving hit a tree in Solon Township.
The man was driving a blue Dodge Neon west on 17 Mile just west of Olin Lakes Rd went the vehicle left the road and smashed into a tree about 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Both Solon Township Fire and Rescue and Kent City/Tyrone Township Fire and Rescue worked feverishly to extract the man, who was conscious but pinned inside the vehicle. He was transported to the hospital by Rockford Ambulance with leg, hip and abdominal injuries.
According to Captain Kevin Kelley, of the Kent County Sheriff Department, the man was driving on a suspended license, and the driver’s name has not yet been released, due to pending charges against him.

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What warrants a four-way stop?


This crash at 15 Mile and Shaner last week involved 11 people, with one airlifted to the hospital with a head injury. The eastbound car stopped at the stop sign on 15 Mile and then pulled out in front of the Durango that was heading north on Shaner.

By Judy Reed

A serious accident at the intersection of 15 Mile and Shaner Avenue last week in Courtland Township have neighbors wondering what it will take to get a four-way stop put in.
“Does someone have to die?” asked Sharon Parker, a neighbor who was at the scene of last week’s crash, and helped lift the SUV off of a teen pinned underneath the tire.
Several people have complained to the Post that it is hard to see at the intersection if you are traveling on 15 Mile. But does that warrant a four-way stop?
According to data on the Kent County Road Commission website, traffic volume in the area has grown little over the last several years, and sees about 2,000 cars in a 24-hour period. That’s two-way traffic, so could be 1,000 cars going then coming home. Traffic counts have actually dropped on 15 Mile through that area, between 2005 and 2008, and increased only slightly on Shaner.
Tim Haagsma, P.E., Director of Traffic and Safety at the Kent County Road Commission, said that they have to follow a manual put out by the federal government called the Public Manual of Safety Control Devices, when gauging whether an intersection warrants a four-way stop. “We look at both traffic volumes and crash rates,” he explained, “and they have less than one-third of the number of crashes needed.” He went on to say that according to their data, there were three crashes reported at that intersection between 2005 and 2010, and what would warrant a four-way stop would be five crashes in a 12-month period.
“That intersection is not near the rate where we’d say a problem occurs,” noted Haagsma.
He said that following federal guidelines helps eliminate a proliferation of four-way stops where they could do more harm than good. Haagsma noted that while a four-way stop would reduce right-angle crashes, it would lead to more rear-end crashes. “We always have to look at the trade-off,” he said.
But Parker would like to see the guidelines changed, and she is asking concerned residents to call Senator Mark Jansen’s office at 517-373-0797. “Maybe if enough people call we can get it changed,” she said.
Parker also had a request for all the neighbors that go through there. “Slow down! It could be your child next time.”

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Man critically injured in accident


 

AeroMed was called to the scene of a two-car accident in Courtland Township Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Ron Parker.

A two-car accident in Courtland Township Tuesday afternoon left one man with critical injuries and several others with minor scrapes and lacerations. The accident happened about 4 p.m. at 15 Mile and Shaner Avenue.

 

At least one teen was critically injured when he was ejected from this SUV Tuesday afternoon. Post photo by J. Reed.

According to police, a witness told them that a red Chevrolet Malibu was at the stop sign in the eastbound lane of 15 Mile at Shaner, when it pulled out in front of a white Dodge Durango traveling north on Shaner. There is no stop sign on Shaner, and the two vehicles crashed in the intersection. The Durango left the roadway and overturned in a yard north of the crash. A teen male sitting in the rear of the Durango was ejected and landed underneath the tire of the SUV in a yard just north of the intersection. The victim, Matthew John Slabbekoorn, 17, of Algoma Township, was airlifted from the scene by AeroMed with a head injury.

There were seven passengers in the Durango. The driver, Benjamin Creed Sullivan, 19, of Courtland Township, was treated for minor injuries at the scene. Brooklynn Jenette Hommerson, 17, of Sparta, was transported to Butterworth by Rockford Ambulance with minor injuries. The other passengers were treated for minor injuries at the scene and declined to be transported to the hospital.

There were four passengers in the Malibu. The driver, Terese Clement, 42, of Courtland Township, and three children, Jack Clement, 6, John Clement, 1, and Greg Clement, 1, suffered minor injuries and were all transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Assisting at the scene was the Kent County Sheriff Department, Cedar Springs Police, Sand Lake Police, Courtland Township Fire, Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue, Rockford Ambulance, and AeroMed.

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Crash sends four to hospital


A head-on accident in Algoma Township Tuesday afternoon sent a Wyoming family, including an infant, to the hospital.

According to Kent County Sheriff Deputy Jason VanDyke, the family was driving a blue escort southbound on Algoma Avenue about 4 p.m., after visiting their parents in the Cedar Springs area, when a northbound GMC Jimmy, driven by a Cedar Springs woman, tried to turn west (left) into a driveway and two cars collided head-on.

The front seat passenger in the escort, a woman, was pinned inside and had to be extricated. She and the other three passengers, including a child in a car seat, sustained injuries and were transported to the hospital. The driver of the GMC Jimmy was not transported.

Deputy VanDyke said he does not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Both Algoma and Courtland Fire Departments assisted at the scene.

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Car slides and pins man against vehicle


Icy roads on Monday morning, February 7, resulted in a slew of accidents across Kent County, including one in Courtland Township that sent a man to the hospital with a broken pelvis.
According the Kent County Sheriff Department, Kurt Goodman, 23, of Cannon Township, pulled off Myers Lake Avenue onto Peterson near the stop sign shortly after 7 a.m. Monday, to see if his Chevy Avalanche was leaking fluid. A second man was southbound on Myers Lake and saw Goodman looking at his vehicle, and pulled his personal plow truck into the northbound lane of Myers Lake, directly in front of the Chevy Avalanche. He then turned on his flashing yellow lights to warn other drivers.
Goodman was standing outside of his vehicle and was talking with the plow truck driver at his driver door when a third vehicle heading northbound on Myers Lake tried to brake and go around the vehicles but lost control on the ice and hit the plow on the truck and then slid into Goodman and pinned him against his car for a short time.
Goodman was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital, by Rockford Ambulance, with a broken pelvis and compound fractures of the legs.
Courtland Township Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

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Sparta man dies in traffic accident


A 20-year-old Sparta man died last Friday morning, January 14, when the car he was driving slid into another vehicle.
Michael Ponne, 20, of Sparta, had reportedly been visiting his girlfriend on East Sternberg Road in Fruitport Township, and was driving east to his job at a Sparta bank about 7:50 a.m. when his Mercury sedan went into a slide, crossed the centerline and collided with a westbound Chevy Impala driven by David Lane, 34, also of Sparta.
Ponne was reportedly pinned in the wreckage, and pronounced dead at the scene.
Lane suffered a minor leg injury.
Both men were reportedly wearing their seatbelts.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 21, 3:30 p.m. at the Sparta High School Auditorium with Rev. Nate Wagner officiating. Interment in Blythefield Memory Gardens. Friends may meet the family at the Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home on Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Friday at the High School one hour prior to the service.

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Deadly rollover in Solon Township


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A man died in this crash at 18 Mile and Simmons Thursday morning, December 2. Photo courtesy of WOOD-TV8.

A man was killed Thursday morning, December 2, when he slid through the intersection at Simmons and 18 Mile Road in Solon Township about 4:30 a.m.
According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Christopher Lee Walker, 45, of Cedar Springs, was southbound on Simmons Avenue, approaching 18 Mile Road, when he lost control, left the roadway and rolled his car into a ditch. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Solon Township Fire and Rescue and Rockford Ambulance all assisted at the scene.
According to his obituary, Walker was employed at Irwin Seating, was a member of the Tri-County Eagles, in Sand Lake and the Man Cave, in Howard City and liked to ride his motorcycle.
Funeral services were held Monday at Bliss-Witters & Pike funeral home with interment in Elmwood Cemetery.

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