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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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Woman killed in Courtland crash

A woman was killed in this crash in Courtland Township Wednesday. Post photo by M. Ford.

A crash at the intersection of 15 Mile and Myers Lake Avenue in Courtland Township Wednesday left one person dead and knocked out power to the immediate area.

The accident happened about 5:15 p.m. November 16. According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, a black pickup driven by Cody McKendry, 20, of Belmont, was traveling west on 15 Mile when he ran the stop sign and slammed into the driver’s side of a Mercury Sable heading south on Myers Lake. The cars reportedly rolled and hit a utility pole, bringing wires down on the truck. Emergency workers removed them and freed the driver, who told police he was unfamiliar with the area.

The driver of the car, Lori Wier, 50, of Solon Township, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Courtland Township Fire and Rescue, Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue, and Rockford Ambulance assisted at the scene.

Police said alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

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Kent City man killed in crash

A 22-year-old man was killed last Friday morning, November 11, when his pickup truck veered off the road and hit a tree.
According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Kyle Anthony Nota, of Casnovia, was traveling west on 17 Mile Road near Tyrone Avenue about 1 a.m. when the accident occurred. Nota was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, it appeared Nota swerved to avoid hitting a deer and went off the road. He is the second man to be killed in this type of accident in the last couple of weeks.
On October 28, a Solon Township man also died in a car-deer accident. According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Randall Scott Thomas, 48, of Solon Township, was driving a 2005 Caravan north on Pine Island Drive about 4 a.m. in Algoma Township, when he hit a deer just north of Rector. Police said that after striking the deer, Thomas appears to have lost control of the vehicle. He veered off the west side of the road and struck a tree, which caused the fatal injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Three injured in Montcalm crash

Three people were injured in a serious two-vehicle crash in Montcalm County Saturday morning, October 1.
According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, the crash occurred about 10 a.m. at M-46 and Douglas Road in Richland Township, about 30 miles east of Howard City.
The driver of a 1990 Mazda, an 18-year-old from Stanton, was traveling southbound on Douglas Road, when he went through the stop sign at M-46 and struck a 2000 Dodge Caravan driving eastbound. Both the 18-year-old driver and his 18-year-old passenger were removed from the vehicle by good Samaritans who came upon the crash before police or rescue personnel arrived. Police said that shortly after the teenagers were pulled from the car, it exploded and burned.
Both teens were transported to hospitals: Sparrow in Lansing, and St. Mary’s in Saginaw. The eastbound vehicle was driven by a 52-year-old woman from Marlette, Michigan. She was flown to Spectrum in Grand Rapids.
The Marlette woman had been transporting her two-year-old granddaughter at the time of the incident. She was secured in a car seat in the back of the minivan. She suffered minor injuries and was turned over to her mother at the scene.
Richland, Home and Day Township fire departments responded to the burning vehicle and assisted at the scene.

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Two injured in Algoma crash

Two people were seriously injured in this crash at 13 Mile and Edgerton last week. Photo from WZZM13.com.

A Greenville resident and a Howard City man were both hospitalized last Friday morning after their vehicles collided in Algoma Township.
According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Jonathan Sutton, 38, of Howard City, was traveling southbound on Edgerton about 6:38 a.m. Friday, September 16, in a 2009 Chevy Silverado, when he ran the stop sign at 13 Mile Road and collided with a a 2003 Chevrolet Impala traveling westbound on 13 Mile.
Both drivers were seriously injured. Sutton, who was seat-belted, suffered serious internal injuries. The driver of the Impala, a 42-year-old Greenville resident, was not seat-belted and suffered critical injuries.

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Teen injured in wrong-way crash

Two 16-year-old boys were injured in a car crash Maple Valley Township in Montcalm County Sunday while driving on the wrong side of the road.
Troopers from the Michigan State Police Post in Lakeview investigated the serious personal injury crash on Sunday, September 11,  at about 3:01 p.m. Police said the 16-year-old male driver was driving a Toyota pickup westbound in the eastbound lane of Coral Road, near Black Road, and collided with a Chrysler 300M traveling eastbound. The driver of the Toyota and his 16-year-old passenger were both injured in the crash. One of them was taken by Aero Med to Grand Rapids for treatment. The 52-year-old female driver of the Chrysler was transported to Butterworth for treatment.
At least two of the injured were wearing seatbelts, and alcohol is not believed to be involved.
Assisting at the scene was Maple Valley Township Rescue/Fire and Montcalm County EMS.

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Cars crash, hit school bus

This Expedition pulled into the path of another car, causing a collision involving this Cedar Springs School bus. Post photo by J. Reed.

A Cedar Springs School bus waiting for traffic was hit Wednesday while taking kids home from school.

According to Kent County Sheriff Deputy Ryan Coil, Bus #37 was eastbound on 17 Mile about 2:45 p.m. and was stopped and waiting to turn north on Myers Lake, when an Expedition, which was southbound on Myers Lake, pulled out from the stop sign and into the path of a westbound PT Cruiser. The ensuing collision knocked one of the cars into the bus.

Cedar Springs Police helped with traffic control at the scene of an accident involving a school bus Wednesday.

According to Cedar Springs Public Schools Assistant Superintendent David Cairy, a Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue checked out the students and everyone said they were ok. He also said a bus mechanic checked out the bus, and it was fine, too.

Deputy Coil said that no one was injured in the accident.

None of the students were injured in the accident Wednesday.


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Gowen man killed in crash

A Gowen man was one of two people killed in a three-car crash that also left five people injured.
According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, a Dodge Caravan driven by Donovan McLaren, 36, of Gowen, was traveling north on Alden Nash in Lowell, south of Segwun Avenue, about 4:45 p.m. Saturday, August 27, when the accident occurred. A second minivan, driven by a 66-year-old Judith Elaine Christensen, of Alto, was traveling south on Alden Nash at the time of the accident. Police believe one of the minivans crossed the centerline and collided with the other, and then a third vehicle, a Dodge Stratus, that was also traveling south on Alden Nash, struck Christensen’s vehicle as the accident occurred.
Christensen was pronounced dead at the scene, and McLaren died later at the hospital after being airlifted by AeroMed.
There were four other passengers in the McLaren van.  Kristen McLaren, 35, Donovan’s wife, was also airlifted by AeroMed with abdominal and leg injuries. Their three children, ages 10, 7, and 2, were also transported with serious injuries.
They were reportedly on their way back from a family reunion.
The third driver, Leesa Kay Kimble-Sees, 42, of Saranac was treated for minor injuries at the scene.
Alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the accident.

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