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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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Man injured when car hits tree


A Greenville man veered off the road and hit a tree on Grosvenor, near Northland Drive Monday morning. Photo courtesy of WOOD-TV.

A Greenville man veered off the road and hit a tree on Grosvenor, near Northland Drive Monday morning. Photo courtesy of WOOD-TV.

A Greenville man was injured Monday when his vehicle slammed into a tree on Grosvenor, south of Sand Lake.

The Kent County Sheriff Department received a call about 8:56 a.m. Monday that a vehicle was on fire with someone trapped inside near Grosvenor and Northland Drive. When deputies arrived, they found a man pinned in the vehicle, but no fire.

According to Deputy Jason VanDyke, Allen Peckham, 36, of Greenville, was traveling on Grosvenor, east of Northland, when his vehicle left the road and struck a tree. Peckham was able to talk with deputies and fire personnel on the scene, but had an altered level of consciousness. He was extricated from the vehicle using the Jaws of Life, and flown by Aeromed to the hospital, with multiple leg fractures.

It is unknown at this time why his vehicle left the roadway. The accident is still under investigation.

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Highway accident ties up traffic


Highway accident ties up traffic
By Judy Reed
An early morning rollover on US131 near 17 Mile Road tied up traffic Tuesday for about an hour and a half.
According to Michigan State Police Trooper Miller, a couple from Kalamazoo stopped on the side of northbound US131 early Tuesday morning, October 6. When they attempted to pull their suburban and trailer back on to the highway about 7:04 a.m., they pulled in front of a van in the right lane. The couple then spun around and lost control, rolling both their suburban and trailer. The van also ran off the right side of the road. Another vehicle ran over some debris, damaging their oil pan.
The right lane of travel was closed, and they completely shut down northbound US131 a couple of minutes at a time while righting the vehicles.
Trooper Miller said there were only minor injuries, such as cuts, and no one was transported to the hospital. “It could have been a lot more serious,” he said.
The Cedar Springs Police Department, Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue, Solon Fire and Rescue, and Rockford Ambulance all assisted at the scene.
The scene was cleared at 8:30 a.m.

By Judy Reed

An early morning rollover on US131 near 17 Mile Road tied up traffic Tuesday for about an hour and a half.

This accident tied up traffic early Tuesday morning.

This accident tied up traffic early Tuesday morning.

According to Michigan State Police Trooper Miller, a couple from Kalamazoo stopped on the side of northbound US131 early Tuesday morning, October 6. When they attempted to pull their suburban and trailer back on to the highway about 7:04 a.m., they pulled in front of a van in the right lane. The couple then spun around and lost control, rolling both their suburban and trailer. The van also ran off the right side of the road. Another vehicle ran over some debris, damaging their oil pan.

The right lane of travel was closed, and they completely shut down northbound US131 a couple of minutes at a time while righting the vehicles.

Trooper Miller said there were only minor injuries, such as cuts, and no one was transported to the hospital. “It could have been a lot more serious,” he said.

The Cedar Springs Police Department, Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue, Solon Fire and Rescue, and Rockford Ambulance all assisted at the scene.

The scene was cleared at 8:30 a.m.

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Driver killed in head-on collision on M-57


By Judy Reed

The Michigan State Police are still investigating what may have caused a driver to cross the center line of M-57 Tuesday and crash head-on into a semi-tractor trailer.

The Michigan State Police are still investigating what may have caused a driver to cross the center line of M-57 Tuesday and crash head-on into a semi-tractor trailer.

A family was left fatherless Tuesday after a vehicle and semi-truck crashed head-on in Oakfield Township Tuesday.

Witnesses Joan and Chuck Carpenter were heading westbound on 14 Mile to a doctor’s appointment Tuesday about 12:08 p.m., near Redmond Avenue, when the accident occurred.

“The car in front of me just swerved across the center line and into that truck,” said Chuck, who was visibly shaken by the accident.

The car in front of them, driven by Kevin Fazio, 41, of Rockford, had hit an eastbound semi-tractor trailer hauling diesel fuel. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“It was like something out of a wild movie,” remarked Joan. “The car flew up and spun around. I really thought it was going to hit us.” The car did sideswipe the Carpenter  vehicle, but they were unhurt.

According to Michigan State Police Trooper Mike Hall, the truck driver swerved to the shoulder, where the truck overturned and caught fire in the cab. It also spilled its contents.

Shortly after the accident occurred, a Kent City fireman and a reserve officer stopped and checked on the victims, and helped get the truck driver out of the burning cab. Courtland and Oakfield Fire Departments responded to the scene, and quickly doused the flames. The truck driver escaped with non-life threatening injuries.

*N-Accident Fatal CarTrooper Hall said that an autopsy would be conducted to see if there was any medical condition that would have caused the driver to cross the centerline. He is survived by his wife Cathy, and two children, Nate and Megan.

Assisting Michigan State Police at the scene was the fire departments, Kent County Sheriff’s Department, and the Kent County Road Commission. The road was closed for several hours while a Hazmat company and the fire departments cleaned up the scene. The accident is still under investigation.

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