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Two injured in Solon crash


A semi truck blowing its horn reportedly distracted another driver and caused him to crash into an oncoming car last Saturday.

According to Kent County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred at the intersection of 17 Mile and Algoma last Saturday, November 9, just before 10 a.m. Police said that a 2010 Ford Fusion driven by Andrew Paul Dawson, 26, of Cedar Springs, was westbound on 17 Mile and stopped at the stop sign at Algoma, then turned north on Algoma. It was then that he was distracted by a semi truck blowing its horn at another driver, and took the turn too wide, causing him to cross into the southbound lane and strike an oncoming car. Both the Fusion and the car it hit, a 2006 Ford Freestyle, ended up in the southbound lane on Algoma.

Dawson was not injured in the crash. The driver of the Freestyle, Tracy Lynn Cooper, 44, of Tyrone Township, complained of neck, head and back pain and was transported to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital. Her front seat passenger, Betty Cooper, 83, also of Tyrone Township, had difficulty breathing, and while en route to the hospital, it was determined she had internal injuries. Another passenger in the car, John Cooper, 83, of Tyrone, was not injured.

Alcohol was not a factor in the accident, and it is still under investigation.

Solon Township Fire and Rescue and Rockford Ambulance assisted at the scene.

 

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Motorcyclist injured in crash with car


N-Car vs Motorcycle Kent County Sheriff badgeUPDATED October 25 with corrections regarding motorcyclist’s injuries:

A motorcyclist suffered severe injuries after a car collided with him Saturday afternoon, October 19.

According to Sgt. Ben Cammenga, of the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Michael Streeter, 55, of Sparta, was traveling southbound on White Creek Avenue, south of 17 Mile, when a northbound vehicle tried to turn left into Big Boy, and turned in front of the motorcycle, causing them to collide.

AeroMed was put on standby, but later cancelled. A call from the family confirmed that Streeter suffered a broken back, broken ribs, and a collapsed lung. He was in intensive care until Friday, October 25, and will move to Mary Free Bed for rehabilitation when he is better.

The driver of the vehicle, Jeffrey VanderKlipp, 48, of Rockford, was not injured.

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Teen killed in early morning crash


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A White Cloud teen died in an early morning crash south of Cedar Springs Tuesday.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Taylor Jean Oberlin, 19, was heading west on Indian Lakes Rd, in her 2000 Monte Carlo, about 5:20 a.m., on Tuesday, October 15, when she ran the stop sign at Northland Drive and was struck by a northbound semi.

The driver of the semi, Nathan Charles Roosien, 34, of Wyoming, Michigan, was unable to stop before striking the driver’s side of the car. He was uninjured.

The teen died at the scene of her injuries.

Assisting at the scene was Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue, Algoma Fire and Rescue, and the Michigan State Police.

 

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Two die in Howard City crash


This van rolled on to its roof after it was struck by a motorcycle in Howard City Sunday, October 13. Two died as a result of the crash. Courtesy photo.

This van rolled on to its roof after it was struck by a motorcycle in Howard City Sunday, October 13. Two died as a result of the crash. Courtesy photo.

A crash between a motorcycle and a minivan on Sunday evening has resulted in the deaths of both drivers.

According to Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt, Tony Magoon, 46, of Morley, was traveling southbound on his 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle, on Ensley Street in Howard City, at a high rate of speed on Sunday, October 13, at about 7:04 p.m., when witnesses say he ran a red light at W. Shaw Street and struck the side of an eastbound van. The van then rolled over onto its rooftop in the intersection.

The driver of the motorcycle was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the van, William MacTavish. 84, of Howard City, was transported to the hospital by AeroMed, with life-threatening injuries. He died from his injuries Wednesday afternoon.

A passenger in the van, Betty MacTavish, wife of William, also in her 80s, suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Assisting at the scene was the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, Montcalm County EMS, and the Howard City Fire Department.

 

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Man dies in Spencer crash


A man died in this one car crash in Spencer Township. Photo from Woodtv.com.

A man died in this one car crash in Spencer Township. Photo from Woodtv.com.

A 58-year-old Gowen man was killed early Sunday morning when his pickup ran off the road and hit a large tree in Spencer Township.

According to Kent County Sheriff Deputy Jason VanDyke, the crash happened about 7:56 a.m., October 13, in the 14000 block of Lincoln Lake Avenue, north of 17 Mile Road. Jimmie Dale Scofield, 58, was heading southbound on Lincoln Lake Avenue in his 1995 Ford pickup, when he ran off the road to the left and hit a power pole. The truck continued on and hit a wood fence and then a large tree.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash. He was wearing his seatbelt.

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Police seek hit and run driver


 

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of a hit and run crash in Pierson involving a car and a bicycle that occurred Sunday, October 6, 2013 at approximately 1:55 p.m.

It was reported that a 32-year-old Pierson man was travelling south on Bass Lake Road near Cannonsville Road, in Pierson Township, on his bicycle, when he was struck from behind. The vehicle that struck the bicyclist was reported to be an older Toyota Camry and had fled the scene. The bicyclist was able to continue to his home and then called Central Dispatch. Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services responded to the home and transported the bicyclist to Kelsey Hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office at 989-831-5253 or the tip line at 989-831-7593.

 

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Deer-vehicle collisions decline


State farm® survey shows trend more pronounced in nation’s midsection

N-deer-collisionsThe odds that an individual driver in the United States will crash into a deer during the next year have declined by 4.3 percent. Using its claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration, State Farm, the nation’s leading auto insurer, calculates the chances of any single American motorist striking a deer over the next 12 months at 1 in 174, compared with 1 in 167 the year before.*

Among the 41 states where these confrontations are most likely, Michigan had the fourth largest descent (11.4 percent), dropping from 8th last year (likelihood of hitting a deer 1 in 81), to 10th place this year (likelihood 1 in 92).

According to the Michigan Deer Crash Coalition, there is an average of 134 deer/vehicle crashes in the Great Lake State every day. In 2012, Oakland County had the most deer/vehicle crashes, with 1,682, followed by Kent, Jackson, Montcalm, Lapeer, Ingham, Clinton, Ottawa, Huron and Eaton.

Kent County had 1,572 deer/vehicle crashes in 2012, down from 1,750 the year before. Montcalm had 1,182 in 2012, down from 1,340 in 2011.

For the seventh year in a row, deer-vehicle confrontations are most probable in West

Virginia. The chances of any single licensed driver in that state hitting a deer between now and a year from now are 1 in 41. That’s an 8.3 percent improvement from the West Virginia likelihood ratio of a year ago. Montana, (1 in 65) remains second on the likelihood list. Iowa (1 in 73) moves up one spot to third. South Dakota (1 in 75) drops from third to fourth. Pennsylvania (1 in 77) is still fifth. In each of the top five states, the probability of a deer-related collision for any given vehicle is less than

it was a year ago.

The state in which deer-vehicle mishaps are least likely is still Hawaii (1 in 6,787). The odds of a driver in Hawaii colliding with a deer between now and 12 months from now are approximately equal to the odds of a middle-of-the-pack National Football League team running off 13 wins in a row.

Counting u.s. deer-vehicle confrontations

State Farm estimates 1.22 million collisions caused by the presence of deer between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013, a 3.5 percent decrease from a year ago.

And while the number of deer-related collisions in the U.S. over the last five years has increased by 2.0 percent, when you account for the increase in the number of drivers on the nation’s roadways over that period, the likelihood of a deer/vehicle confrontation has dropped 2.5 percent.

“This data is encouraging,” said Chris Mullen, Director-Strategic Resources. “We would like to think the attention we call to this issue each fall has had an impact. Obviously there are other factors at play as well.”

When do deer-vehicle collisions occur?

State Farm’s data shows that November, the heart of the deer hunting and mating seasons, is the month during which deer-vehicle encounters are most likely. Approximately 18 percent of all such mishaps take place during the 30 days of November. Deer-vehicle collisions are three times more likely to occur on a day in November than they are on any day between February 1st and August 31st. October is the second most likely month for a crash involving a deer and a vehicle. December is third.

The average property damage cost of these incidents during the final half of 2012 and the

first half of 2013 was $3,414, up 3.3 percent from the year before.

Avoiding deer-vehicle mishaps

Here are tips from the Insurance Information Institute on how to reduce the odds of a deer/vehicle confrontation:

Keep in mind that deer generally travel in herds – if you see one, there is a strong possibility others are nearby.

Be aware of posted deer crossing signs. These are placed in active deer crossing areas.

Remember that deer are most active between 6 and 9 p.m.

Use high beam headlamps as much as possible at night to illuminate the areas from which deer will enter roadways.

If a deer collision seems inevitable, attempting to swerve out of the way could cause you to lose control of your vehicle or place you in the path of an oncoming vehicle.

Don’t rely on car-mounted deer whistles.

* A refinement in the process State Farm uses to adjust its number of deer-vehicle collisions to account for those involving drivers not insured by State Farm caused the number of deer-vehicle collisions reported a year ago to be overstated by 1.2 percent countrywide (more in some states, less in others). Thus, comparisons between data we provided a year ago and data in this news release should not be made. Links to the corrected numbers for last year (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012) are provided.

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Dog thrown through windshield


N-Accident-Howard-CityA woman’s dog was thrown through a windshield when the car it was riding in crashed on US131 near Howard City Tuesday.

According to Howard City Police Chief Steven DeWitt, the crash occurred about 9:30 a.m. September 3, on northbound US131, a half mile south of Cutler Road, in Reynolds Township, Montcalm County.

A neighbor heard the crash and and went out to the Expressway to investigate. There he found a 2005 Jeep Liberty concealed in a heavy brush and wooded area not visible from the roadway.

Police said a 25 year-old pregnant woman from Grawn, Mich., was traveling north on US131 when she left the expressway for an unknown reason, traveled approximately 300 feet and struck a large walnut tree head on.

The victim was conscious and alert when police arrived on the scene and was transported by ambulance to a hospital. The extent of her injuries is unknown.

Police said it appears a dog in the vehicle traveled thru the windshield after it struck the tree. The dog could not be located in the heavy brush/swamp area of the crash. Residents are asked if they find an approximately 130 pound Rottweiler dog in the area to call animal control.

Montcalm County EMS Alpha 3 and Rescue 29 responded to the scene.

 

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Two injured in Solon crash


Kent County Sheriff DeptAn accident in Solon Township Sunday night sent two people to the hospital, one with possible life threatening injuries.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Chad Wehler, 22, of Howard City, was driving a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix eastbound on 18 Mile about 10 p.m., when he pulled out in front of another car traveling southbound on Algoma.  The other car, a 2001 GMC Yukon, driven by Kylie Burns, 24, of Howard City, struck Wehler’s vehicle in the driver’s side door. Wehler had to be extricated from the vehicle and was transported to Butterworth Hospital by AeroMed with possible life threatening injuries. Burns was transported to the hospital by Rockford Ambulance.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts. Police believe alcohol was a factor in the accident.

 

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Crash punctures dump truck gas tank


Post photo by J. Reed.

Post photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

 

A crash at the corner of Main and Muskegon Streets in Cedar Springs last week Thursday, July 25, resulted in a gas spill from a dump truck leaving a construction zone.

According to Cedar Springs Police officer Chad Potts, a jeep driven by Caroline Bartlett, 68, of Cedar Springs, was heading eastbound on Muskegon Street about 2:45 p.m., when it approached the Main Street intersection and tried to turn right. When the driver realized she couldn’t make the turn and was going to hit the barricade, she tried to abort the turn and went straight, and struck the driver’s side of a Dean’s Excavating truck that was heading north through the intersection. The crash ruptured the fuel tank on the dump truck and Cedar Springs firefighters and others worked at the scene to clean up the spill.

Post photo by J. Reed.

Post photo by J. Reed.

Neither the driver of the jeep nor the driver of the dump truck, Gary Wall, 55, of Leroy, were transported to the hospital. They sought their own medical attention.

In a related incident, a firefighter at Main and Church Street was directing traffic away from the accident, when a southbound pickup with yellow lights rotating proceeded through that intersection without stopping and bumped the firefighter with his mirror. He was not injured and no citation was issued.

According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, the truck was owned by Dean’s Excavating and had been called in to help with the cleanup. But the firefighter didn’t know that. Parent cautioned citizens to always stop and identify themselves if they need to be at the scene of an accident. “When in doubt, they should stop. They shouldn’t think that everyone knows what they are there for,” he said.

 

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