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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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Crash results in serious injuries

This vehicle rolled after t-boning a pickup that ran a stop sign at Myers Lake Ave. and Sand Lake Rd. Tuesday evening.

A deer running across the road may have been the cause of a two-car accident Tuesday evening, at Myers Lake Avenue and Sand Lake Rd, in Nelson Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, a red Chevrolet pickup truck traveling northbound on Myers Lake Avenue ran the stop sign at Sand Lake Rd about 6:20 p.m. and was t-boned on the driver’s side by a Suburban heading eastbound on Sand Lake. Police said that Bradley Ball, 19, of Vergennes Township, was distracted by a deer running across the road, and did not see the stop sign. Both vehicles skidded off the roadway, into a yard on the NE corner of the intersection, with the Suburban landing on its side.

Ball was unresponsive and was flown by Aero Med to Butterworth hospital with multiple injuries. His passenger, Kayla Stanford, 19, of Lowell, suffered minor injuries and was transported to Butterworth by ambulance.

The driver of the Suburban, Marilyn Anderson, 73, of Sand Lake, had minor injuries, but refused any medical treatment or transport to the hospital.

Both the Sand Lake and Cedar Springs Fire Departments assisted at the scene.

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Woman dies in crash with rescue unit

Fatal accident in Pierson

AeroMed lifts off at the scene of an accident in Pierson Township Monday. Post photo by J. Reed

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a two-vehicle accident that occurred Monday morning at W. Kendaville Road (104th) and N. West County Line Road (Newcosta) in Pierson Township.

According to Deputy Randy Hansen, a Montcalm County Rescue Unit was traveling north on West County Line Road about 11:13 a.m. Monday, enroute to another accident, with lights and siren activated, when it broadsided a Chevy Impala traveling east on Kendaville Road.

Police said a preliminary report indicates that the driver of the rescue unit, Richard Wayne Pierce, 70, of Pierson, failed to stop at the stop sign.

The driver of the car, Max Leroy Young, 71, of Lakeview, suffered serious injuries and was airlifted by AeroMed to Butterworth hospital. He is listed in serious condition. His passenger, Shirley Marie Narloch, 61, also of Lakeview, was killed instantly in the crash.

The driver of the rescue unit was taken by ambulance to a Grand Rapids Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Assisting Sand Lake Fire and Rescue at the scene was Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue, with their Jaws of Life. Also assisting at the scene was the Kent County Sheriff’s Office traffic crash unit, LIFE EMS from Newaygo County, and the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office.

The Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office will review the report to determine if criminal charges will be filed. The crash remains under investigation.

The accident that the rescue worker was on his way to was a double fatality on West County Line Road and M-82 in Howard City.

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Man dead after motorcycle accident

An 85-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene of a motorcyle accident Monday afternoon.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, a man in a red pickup was traveling southbound on Cedar Springs Avenue, near Egner, in Nelson Township, about 1:20 p.m. Monday, when he saw a motorcycle, coming from the other direction, suddenly veer off the east side of the road, strike a mailbox and land in a ditch. The motorcycle then rolled over on top of the driver.

Both Sand Lake and Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue responded to the scene, and administered CPR, along with Rockford Ambulance personnel until shortly after 2 p.m., when the driver, Joseph Patin, of Nelson Township, was pronounced dead.

Police said that it does not appear  that alcohol, speed, road, or weather conditions was a factor. The accident is sill under investigation.

The medical examiner was called in to determine the cause of death.

This was the scene at a motorcycle accident Monday afternoon on Cedar Springs Avenue near Egner.

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Man dies after industrial accident

Patrick Underhill, 46, of Mecosta, died Saturday at Butterworth Hospital after suffering injuries from an industrial accident at a company near Sand Lake last week.

According to Kent County Sheriff Deputy Aaron Brown and Sgt. Thomas Raymond, the man was working on a truck at High Grade Materials, on the corner of Northland Drive and Coan, just south of Sand Lake, when he fell about four or five feet to the ground and injured his head. A witness reportedly heard a pop before he fell, and deputies said the truck may have gotten too close to an overhead power line, but they haven’t confirmed he was electrocuted.

The victim did not have a pulse when first responders from Sand Lake and Cedar Springs first arrived, but once they got a pulse they transported him to Butterworth Hospital by Rockford ambulance in critical condition.

Sgt. Raymond said the incident would be referred to MIOSHA since it was an industrial accident.

The funeral for Underhill was Wednesday, August 25 at Stanwood Free Methodist. Interment in Altona Cemetery, Altona. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given for his children’s educaion. Underhill is survived by his wife, Carol; his mother, Lola Carter; three children, Travis, Holly and Chad; and several other family members.

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Man dies in early morning crash

A man died early Thursday morning, July 22, when he drove off a road in Solon Township and hit a tree.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Ryan Thomas Oleneack, 34, of Howard City, was heading south on Algoma Avenue, south of Wiersma, about 4:24 a.m. in a GMC Sierra when the accident occurred. Police said he ran off the right side of the road, went back up on the road, then lost control and ran off the right side of the road again and hit a tree on the driver’s side. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He was seatbelted, and police do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

A man died when his pickup hit this tree on Algoma Ave. Thursday morning.

Solon Township Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

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Woman injured in motorcycle mishap

A car and motorcycle collided in front of Holton’s LP Gas on Northland Drive Monday morning.

A car and motorcycle collided in front of Holton’s LP Gas on Northland Drive Monday morning.

Traffic came to a standstill on Northland Drive in front of Holton’s LP Gas Monday morning when a car and a motorcycle collided about 10:30 a.m.

A young woman in her 20s was riding the motorcycle at the time of the accident, and was taken to the hospital by ambulance with minor injuries. The other driver was not hurt.

The Kent County Sheriff Department and Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue were assisted at the scene by Cedar Springs Police and Solon Township Fire and Rescue.

Complete details of the accident were not available at press time.

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