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Two die in weekend crash


Two people were killed in this three-vehicle accident Sunday and several others injured. Post photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

Police are investigating a crash that killed two people and injured several others in Courtland Township Sunday evening, June 26.
The accident occurred about 6:26 p.m. on M-57, just west of Shaner. According to the Michigan State Police, an eastbound Pontiac Montana hauling a flatbed trailer crossed over into the westbound lane and struck both an oncoming GMC pickup truck and a motorcycle.
The passenger in the Pontiac, Timothy Singer, 37, of Belmont, died at the scene. His father, Donald Singer, 71, driver of the Pontiac and also from Belmont, later died at the hospital.
The driver of the pickup, Shirley Vincent-Rose, 54, and her passenger Donald Rose, 51, both of Midland, and the driver of the motorcycle, Robert Passeno, 53, of Ada, all went to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Assisting at the scene was Courtland Fire and Rescue, Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue, Oakfield Fire and Rescue, The Michigan State Police, The Kent County Sheriff Department, Rockford Ambulance and Lowell Ambulance.

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Woman killed in two-car crash


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Alcohol is believed to be a factor in a crash that killed a 74-year-old Howard City woman Monday in Nelson Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred about 6:17 p.m. on Pine Lake Avenue, just north of 21 Mile Rd. Police said Todd Matthew Urbanski, 39, of Nelson Township, was southbound on Pine Lake in a 1996 Oldsmobile Aurora, when he lost control and crossed into the path of a 1996 GMC Safari van traveling north on Pine Lake. The driver of the van, Lorraine Jean Bradford, 74, of Howard City, was pronounced dead at the scene. Urbanski was found lying in the roadway with minor cuts and abrasions, and transported to Butterworth Hospital.

Roads had become icy, but police believe alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash. The accident remains under investigation.

Assisting at the scene was the Michigan State Police, Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue, Sand Lake Fire and Rescue, and Rockford Ambulance.

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Crash sends two to hospital


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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Crash kills Cedar Springs man


state police carA 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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Cedar Springs teen dies in crash


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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