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Young Marine dies in M-57 crash


Joel Kinsey, a 2016 Tri County graduate, was killed in a traffic crash on 14 Mile Rd on Jan. 4.

Several people were injured and one person died in a crash on 14 Mile Rd, in Oakfield Township, last week Thursday.

According to the Michigan State Police, the crash occurred shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday, January 4, west of Wabasis Ave. The investigation showed that an eastbound vehicle driven by Joseph Hanna, 39, of Sparta, tried to pass a vehicle driven by Jerry Kinsey, 48, of Sand Lake, and the two vehicles collided. The collision resulted in both vehicles losing control and Kinsey’s vehicle spinning into the westbound lane, where it was struck by a van driven by Gail Gansmiller, 48, of Sheridan. The passenger in Kinsey’s vehicle, his 20-year-old son, Joel Kinsey, of Sand Lake, was killed, and Jerry Kinsey was transported to Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids in critical condition.  

Hanna and Gansmiller were treated for minor injuries. 

Police said that speed and alcohol were not believed to be factors in the crash.  

Assisting at the scene was Oakfield Township Fire, Courtland Township Fire, the Kent County Sheriff Department, and Rockford Ambulance.

Joel Kinsey was a 2016 graduate of Tri-County High School and was presently serving as a LCpl in the U.S. Marines. He is the son of Jerry Kinsey and Nicole (Fernando Bernal) Kinsey.

Click here to see his obituary.

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Woman pleads guilty in fatal crash


N-Woman-pleads-guilty-rieckman-susanA Cedar Springs woman pled guilty last week in the crash that took a 4-year-old Greenville boy’s life.

The accident occurred in September 2015. According to police, Susan Rieckman, 70, was driving a pickup truck east on M-57 then turned left on to M-91 and hit 4-year-old Talos Bills in the crosswalk. He reportedly had his red scooter, and was crossing the street with his teenaged cousin. He only lived a couple of blocks away.

WOODTV reported that a witness at the scene said Rieckman continued driving away, and he chased down the truck, banging on it with his hands. The man reported she said it just felt like a bump.

As part of a plea deal, Rieckman pled guilty to a charge of operating with a suspended license causing death. Her license reportedly had been revoked for medical reasons.

She will be sentenced at a later date. Under the plea deal, she could get a year in jail and five years probation.

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