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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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Toddler dies in crash

AeroMed landed at the nearby Cedar Chase Golf Course on 17 Mile Road to transport a three-year-old with head injuries to DeVos Children’s Hospital Tuesday.  Post photo by L. Allen.

AeroMed landed at the nearby Cedar Chase Golf Course on 17 Mile Road to transport a three-year-old with head injuries to DeVos Children’s Hospital Tuesday.
Post photo by L. Allen.

AeroMed landed at the nearby Cedar Chase Golf Course on 17 Mile Road to transport a three-year-old with head injuries to DeVos Children’s Hospital Tuesday.  This red Ford Explorer was carrying three children when it was hit Tuesday by a Ford F150. One of the children was ejected from his car seat and died of his injuries.  Post photo by J. Reed.

AeroMed landed at the nearby Cedar Chase Golf Course on 17 Mile Road to transport a three-year-old with head injuries to DeVos Children’s Hospital Tuesday.
This red Ford Explorer was carrying three children when it was hit Tuesday by a Ford F150. One of the children was ejected from his car seat and died of his injuries.
Post photo by J. Reed.

A crash in Nelson Township Tuesday morning took the life of a 2-1/2 year-old boy and sent several others to the hospital.

According to Sgt. Eric Rakow, of the Kent County Sheriff Department, a Ford  F150 truck was heading northbound on Myers Lake Avenue about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday morning, June 25, when the driver ran the stop sign at 17 Mile and hit a westbound red Ford Explorer carrying a Cedar Springs mother and her three children.

One of the children, Oscar Zuniga, age 2, was ejected from his car seat and died at the scene. Another child, three-year-old Alex Salgado, was taken to the hospital by AeroMed with serious head injuries. One-year-old Gretta Salgado and the driver, Paula Zuniga, 33, were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. All were from Cedar Springs.

N-Fatal-truckThe driver of the F-150, John Heeringa, 65, of Howard City, was being transported by family to be checked out.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the accident, which is still under investigation.

The Kent County Sheriff Department was assisted by the Cedar Springs Police Department, Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue, Courtland Fire and Rescue, AeroMed, and Rockford Ambulance.

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Teen suffers critical injuries in crash

Photo from WOODTV.com.

Photo from WOODTV.com.

A Cedar Springs teen was sent to the hospital with critical injuries last Thursday afternoon, after he failed to stop at a stop sign and was broadsided by a road commission dump truck.

According to the Kent County Sheriffs Department, Lee Brandt Tompkins, 18, of Spencer Township, was traveling east on 14 Mile Road, about 2:39 p.m., in a 2001 Chevy Malibu, when he failed to stop at the stop sign at Pine Island Drive. A fully-loaded Kent County Road Commission dump truck was traveling northbound on Pine Island Drive at the time, and not required to stop.

The Road Commission truck hit the brakes, but struck the car broadside on the passenger side, then went off the road to the right, over a ditch, through a yard, and into a house. The car was pushed up the road and into a ditch on the west side of the road.

Tompkins was taken to Butterworth by Aero Med with critical injuries. The Road Commission driver, Steven Mark Blossom, 60, of Grant, suffered minor scrapes on both arms and top of head. He was not transported to the hospital.

Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts, and alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

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Man killed in Tyrone crash


A 22-year-old Bailey man was killed last Friday, October 19, in a single car crash in Tyrone Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Kelby Hunter Freeland was driving a 2001 Volvo eastbound on 20 Mile Road, about 3:45 a.m., when he lost control of his vehicle near 3464 20 Mile, west of Peach Ridge Avenue, and ran off the road. The vehicle rolled several times before striking a tree. Freeland was ejected and the vehicle landed on top of him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His passengers, Brandon Adams, 25 of Grant, and Jacob Peterson, 24, of Kent City, crawled out of the car and went to a house to call for help. Both were transported to Gerber Hospital in Fremont by Rockford Ambulance with minor injuries.

Tyrone/Kent City Fire assisted at the scene.

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Iowa man killed in crash

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a two vehicle fatal accident Sunday afternoon that left a 72-year-old Iowa man dead.

Deputies believe that a 1995 Chevy Blazer, driven by a 34-year-old Sheridan man, was traveling eastbound and ran the stop sign at Sessions and South Sheridan Road. He then struck a southbound 1997 Chevy Astro Van, driven by the 72 year old man from Iowa. After impact, both vehicles left the roadway southeast of the intersection, and both drivers, who were not wearing their seatbelts, were ejected.

The Iowa man was pronounced dead at the scene. The Sheridan man was transported to Sheridan Community Hospital by Montcalm County Emergency Services and later transferred to Butterworth Hospital by AeroMed. Deputies believe alcohol may have been a factor in this accident.

M-66 was closed for several hours Sunday while deputies investigated the scene.The accident remains under investigation.

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