Posted on 10 March 2011.
A head-on accident near Sparta sent two people to the hospital last Thursday.
Kent County Sheriff Deputies believe alcohol was involved in a head-on crash that sent two Sparta residents to the hospital last week.
Police were dispatched to an accident on 13 Mile Road, east of N. Division, just after 7 p.m., on Thursday, March 3. According to a witness at the scene, a black Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by Jesus Junior Gonzalez, 24, of Sparta, crossed the centerline while traveling eastbound on 13 Mile Rd. The witness was traveling westbound on 13 Mile and swerved to avoid the Pontiac. Gonzalez continued traveling westbound in the eastbound lane, and collided head-on with a westbound 2007 Toyota Camry, driven by Frances Marie Blake, 64, of Sparta.
Both drivers were pinned in their vehicles and extricated by Sparta Fire and Rescue and both suffered multiple fractures. Gonzalez was transported to Butterworth Hospital by Aeromed, and Blake was transported to Butterworth by Rockford Ambulance.
Police believe Gonzalez been drinking prior to the accident.
The Sparta Police Department also assisted at the scene.
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Posted on 27 January 2011.
A 77-year-old Cedar Springs man was killed last week when the car he was driving rear-ended another vehicle in Newaygo County.
According to the Michigan State Police Post in Newaygo, the accident occurred on January 21, at 10:20 p.m. at the intersection of M-82 near Cypress Avenue in Croton Township. Witnesses reported that Raymond Truman, 77, of Cedar Springs, was traveling westbound on M-82 near Cypress Avenue when he rear-ended a full-size van also traveling westbound. Truman was pronounced dead at the scene.
The occupants of the van, Stanley and Nancy Robbins, of Newaygo, were treated and released at the scene.
Truman is survived by his wife, Anna, children, Judith Meihls of Belmont, Joseph Benedict of Pierson, Carolyn Lynema of Sparta, Randall Benedict of Cedar Springs, and Robert Benedict of East Grand Rapids. See a complete obituary on page 7.
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Posted on 20 January 2011.
Aaron John Hendrick
A Cedar Springs teen died early Saturday morning when he was struck by two vehicles on U.S. 23 in Hartland Township, near Brighton, while walking along the highway.
According to the Livingston County Sheriff Department, Aaron John Hendrick, 18, of Cedar Springs, was southbound on U.S. 23 about 5:25 a.m. Saturday morning, January 15, when his 2008 Pontiac Vibe crashed into the shoulder of U.S. 23.
Police said Hendrick then began walking northbound on southbound U.S. 23 near the fog line, and was struck by a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Larry Kotowicz, 51, of Grand Blanc. Hendrick was then struck again by a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by Michael Powell, 29, also of Grand Blanc.
The teen was pronounced dead at the scene by Livingston County Ambulance personnel.
U.S. 23 south of Highland Road was closed for approximately 4 hours while deputies investigated. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.
Hendrick graduated in 2010 from Sparta High School as an honors student, and was attending Kettering University in Flint on a scholarship.
He is survived by his parents, Scott Hendrick and Lois Greenlund; sisters, Seari Hendrick, Shani Hendrick, Sharla Jannenga, and Alicia Force; and brothers, Scott and Kurt Hendrickson.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at Stegenga Funeral Chapel, with interment at Algoma Cemetery.
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