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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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Man flees accident in Tyrone Twp.


A man could be facing charges for fleeing the scene of a personal injury accident last Friday.

The Kent County Sheriffs Department were called to the scene of an accident at 22 Mile Road and Red Pine Drive in Tyrone Township about 7:15 a.m. September 4. According to Lt. Kevin Kelly, a Jeep driven by a 37-year-old woman was traveling south on Red Pine Drive NW, when it was struck by a Grand Prix traveling westbound on 22 Mile. The Grand Prix failed to stop at the intersection, and struck the driver’s side door of the Jeep. Both the female driver and her 8-year-old son, who was a passenger in the backseat, were taken to the hospital with what were believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the Grand Prix fled the scene on foot but was tracked with the assistance of a Michigan State Police canine unit and taken into custody.

According to Lt. Kelley, the case is still under investigation, and they plan to pursue some type of charges against the driver that fled.

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