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Woman blacks out, topples power pole


This minivan crossed to the opposite side of Main Street and hit a light pole Wednesday. Courtesy Photo.

 

By Judy Reed

A driver who had allegedly been huffing a can of Dust Off crashed into a power pole on Main Street early Wednesday afternoon, November 14.

According to Sgt. Todd Probst, with the Kent County Sheriff Department, the crash occurred about 2:16 p.m. He said that the female driver of a minivan was heading northbound on S. Main and had just passed Cherry Street when her vehicle crossed the centerline, proceeded across the southbound lane, and then jumped the curb and hit a light pole. No one was on the sidewalk at the time. 

The driver reportedly told police that she had blacked out, and admitted to huffing a can of Dust Off prior to the crash. 

Probst said just prior to the crash, at 1:57 p.m., they had a report of a reckless driver in a minivan on Northland Drive near 16 Mile Rd that was reportedly stopped and facing the wrong way in one of the lanes. When officers arrived, the vehicle was gone, and then they got the crash call and came to the scene. “We think it was probably the same vehicle,” he said.

The woman was not injured. She was arrested and lodged in the Kent County Correctional Facility. She is expected to be arraigned Thursday. Her name is being withheld until after arraignment.

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Woman killed in crash


Opal Fugitt. Facebook photo.

A Greenville woman died last Friday after a crash at the intersection of Northland Drive and 14 Mile Rd.

According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred about 8:30 p.m. September 7. A 2010 Ford Escape driven by Opal Fugitt, 74, of Greenville, was headed south on Northland Drive in the left hand turn lane to head east on 14 Mile, and a 2003 Honda CRV, driven by Joshua Lange, 28, of Cedar Springs, was headed northbound on Northland Drive, when the two vehicles collided in the intersection.

Both drivers were taken to the hospital by ambulance with apparent broken bones. Mrs. Fugitt later died at the hospital.

Police said neither alcohol nor drugs appear to be a factor. Courtland Township Fire Department and Rockford Ambulance both assisted at the scene.

A new left turn light was recently installed at that intersection. The Post asked police whether Mrs. Fugitt had a green arrow to turn, but they said the crash itself and cause are still under investigation.

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Trailer flips while making turn


Photo credit: Steven C. Reed

By Judy Reed

Monday did not start out well for this driver. 

According to the Michigan State Police Post Rockford, a truck driver was heading westbound on Belding Road while hauling a trailer shortly before 9:40 a.m. Monday, August 6, when he turned south on Wolverine Blvd (Northland Drive) and the trailer overturned and broke free from the truck.

No one was injured in the crash.

Thanks to Steven Reed for sending us this photo!

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Three hurt in Ensley crash


This crash in Ensley Township sent three people to the hospital. Photo from woodtv.com.

A rollover crash in Ensley Township sent three people to the hospital Sunday afternoon. 

The crash occurred around 5 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at the corner of 104 Street and Cypress Avenue.

A jeep headed west on 104th reportedly ran the stop sign and hit a southbound pickup truck, causing it to roll. 

One of the drivers was ejected and suffered a head injury. Both that driver and the other driver were transported to the hospital in critical condition. A passenger in one of the vehicles was also sent to the hospital. 

The crash is still under investigation.

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Truck crosses centerline; sends 2 to hospital


Two people were sent to the hospital Wednesday after a pickup truck and SUV collided on M-57 in front of Courtland Township Hall shortly before noon.

According to the Michigan State Police, a black pickup truck driven by an unnamed male was traveling eastbound on M-57 when he crossed the centerline and hit a Chevy Trailblazer head on.

Both the driver of the pickup truck, and the unnamed female driver of the SUV were sent to Butterworth Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Courtland Fire assisted at the scene.

No other information was available at press time.

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Second crash victim passes away


The father of a young Marine who died earlier this month in a crash on 14 Mile Road has died of injuries he sustained in the crash.

 Jerry Kinsey, 48, of Sand Lake, died on Friday, January 19 at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital. He was injured in a crash on Thursday, January 4, on 14 Mile Rd, west of Wabasis Ave. According to the Michigan State Police Rockford Post, the investigation showed that an eastbound vehicle driven by Joseph Hanna, 39, of Sparta, tried to pass a vehicle driven by Kinsey, and the two vehicles collided. The collision resulted in both vehicles losing control and Kinsey’s vehicle spinning into the westbound lane, where it was struck by a van driven by Gail Gansmiller, 48, of Sheridan. 

The passenger in Kinsey’s vehicle, his 20-year-old son, Joel Kinsey, of Sand Lake, was killed, and Jerry Kinsey was transported to Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids in critical condition.  

Hanna was arrested the same day on an unrelated charge. He was charged with violating the controlled substance act, and as a habitual offender. He bonded out the next day.

No charges have been brought yet related to the crash.

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Man killed in Tyrone Township crash


David Keith Verduin

A man died Sunday after his car left the road and hit a tree in Tyrone Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the crash occurred about 5:37 p.m. Sunday, January 14. The investigation showed that David Keith Verduin, 49, of Tyrone Township, was eastbound on 18 Mile Road, just west of Tyrone Avenue, when his 1997 Honda Civic left the roadway, struck a ditch, and then a large tree.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Police believe alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash. They do not know if he was wearing his seatbelt.

Assisting at the scene was Kent City Fire Department and Rockford Ambulance.

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Solon man dies in crash


Aaron Dault, 23, died early Sunday, when the car he was driving left the roadway and struck a tree. Facebook photo.

 

Aaron Dault takes the ball upfield for Cedar Springs Varsity Soccer in 2010. Post file photo.

A 23-year-old Solon Township man died early Sunday morning in a one-car crash on White Creek Avenue.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the crash occurred about 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning on White Creek Avenue, between 18 Mile and Wiersma, when the car that Aaron Lee Dault was driving veered off the roadway and struck a tree. Police reported that he died instantly. 

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, and police are investigating whether alcohol was a factor.

Aaron Dault, 23. Facebook photo.

Aaron is the son of Dean and Kara (Wiles) Dault, of Solon Township.

Aaron graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 2013, where he played varsity soccer and track. He was currently finishing his bachelor’s degree at Ferris State University. Aaron was also involved at his church, St. John Paul II Catholic Church here in Cedar Springs. According to his obituary, “he was adored by the parishioners and everyone he met. He will be remembered for his million dollar smile, holding the door open, and saying ‘hi’ to the people as they came for Mass.”

Click here to see Aaron’s obituary.

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Women injured in crash


Two women were sent to the hospital Saturday after the car they were riding in left the roadway and struck a tree. 

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the crash occurred on 10 Mile Rd, east of N. Division Ave., at about noon on Saturday, December 30. 

Police reported that Kathleen Busalacchi, 55, of Cannon Township, was driving her silver 2005 Nissan Xterra westbound on 10 Mile Rd when she lost control of her vehicle. It then left the roadway and struck a tree. 

Busalacchi suffered a possible broken ankle. The front seat passenger, Geraldine Kurzynski, 77, of Cannon Township, suffered serious injuries. They were both transported by Rockford Ambulance to Butterworth Hospital. 

Both parties were wearing seatbelts. Alcohol was not a factor.

Algoma Fire and Sparta Fire also assisted at the scene.

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Crash sends two to hospital


 

This SUV split in half after the man driving it reportedly lost control and rolled it Tuesday morning in Ensley Township. Post photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

A crash in Ensley Township sent two people to the hospital Tuesday, and left a SUV ripped in half.

The crash occurred shortly after 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 5, on 136th St, just west of Cottonwood. Sand Lake Fire and Rescue responded to the scene, and asked for assistance from Cedar Springs and Solon Fire Departments.

According to firefighters at the scene, the SUV, which they said looked to be a Ford Excursion, was apparently traveling eastbound on 136th Street when the male driver may have lost control on the dirt road and rolled the vehicle, which then split the top from the frame. The man’s leg was partially under the vehicle when firefighters arrived, and a young female passenger was out of the vehicle walking around. Firefighters reported the man was unresponsive.

AeroMed was called to the scene, but the man was transported by ambulance instead. Post photo by J. Reed.

AeroMed was called to the scene, and landed on the dirt road despite high winds. However, when it came time to transport the man, it was found that they would have to land at the Ford Airport and then transport the man to Butterworth, rather than landing on the roof of the hospital. That trip would take about 40 minutes and an ambulance trip only 30 minutes, so the man was transported by ambulance instead. A second ambulance was dispatched for the female.

Newaygo County Sheriff’s deputies were in charge at the scene but declined to comment other than to say one car was involved in the crash. The Post contacted them twice on Wednesday to inquire about a news release, but at press time Wednesday evening they had not yet issued any information. We will update our story when we have more information.

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