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One dead, three injured in Algoma Twp. crash


A 35-year-old Cedar Springs mother died when her car collided with another in Algoma Township Wednesday afternoon, March 20.

A Cedar Springs woman died Wednesday, March 20, in this crash on Algoma near Rector. Post photo by J. Reed.

According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred about 2:40 p.m. on Algoma Avenue, between 13 Mile Rd and Rector, just south of the Algoma Township Hall. One of the cars involved was a Ford Focus driven by a 35-year-old woman from Cedar Springs. Her two young children were in car seats in the backseat. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The two children were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The second vehicle involved was a Ford pickup truck driven by a 35-year-old man from Cedar Springs. He was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Algoma Fire Department, Life Ambulance, and Rockford Ambulance all assisted the Kent County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash. The incident is still under investigation. Names are being withheld pending notification of family.

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Police investigating fatal crash


A Morley woman was killed Saturday evening in Oakfield Township when the car she was driving crossed the centerline and struck a tractor-trailer.

According to the Michigan State Police Rockford Post, the crash occurred on 14 Mile Rd. west of Morgan Mills Ave. at approximately 11:30 p.m. 

Police said that the 46-year-old woman from Morley appeared to have been travelling eastbound on 14 Mile Rd. when she crossed the centerline and struck a westbound tractor-trailer driven by a 22-year-old man from Big Rapids.    

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured. The female was deceased on scene. Her name has not yet been released pending notification of family. 

It is unknown if alcohol was a factor in the crash. 14 Mile Rd. was closed for several hours while the Michigan State Police investigated the crash.

The Michigan State Police was assisted at the scene by Oakfield Township Fire, Bud’s Towing and Captain Hooks Towing.                                                                       

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Crash takes lives of infant and teen


The family of Michelle and William Baker. Baby Annalee, the daughter of Julie Baker is in the forefront. Samantha Baker can be seen on the far left. Both died as the result of a car crash Sunday, January 6. Photo from gofundme page.

A nine-month old baby and her 18-year-old aunt died and four others were injured in a three-car crash on M-46 (W Howard City-Edmore Rd) Sunday.

According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, the crash occurred on Sunday, January 6, about 1:15 p.m. on W Howard City-Edmore Rd near Amble Rd in Winfield Township.

The preliminary investigation showed that Michelle Baker, a 46-year-old woman from Howard City, was headed eastbound on W Howard City-Edmore Rd and was waiting to turn left on to Amble Rd when she was struck from behind by a pickup truck driven by Brian Johnson, 27, of Cedar Springs. The Baker’s sedan then crossed the centerline and was struck by a westbound pickup truck driven by a Annette Dow, 54, of Sand Lake. 

There were four people in the sedan. The driver (Michelle Baker) and an 18-year-old male passenger, Zachary Buckles, of Six Lakes, were both transported to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Samantha Baker died Monday, January 7, of injuries she sustained in the January 6 car crash.

Baker’s 18-year-old daughter, Samantha Baker, of Howard City, was transported to Spectrum with critical injuries. She died Monday as a result of her injuries. According to a Facebook post by her father, William Baker, the Gift of Life organ donation group would be harvesting her organs Tuesday to donate to those in need of a transplant. 

Baker’s 9-month-old granddaughter, Annalee Baker, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police confirmed she was in a car seat. Annalee is the daughter of Julie Baker, Samantha’s sister.

The other two drivers—Johnson and Dow—were transported to Kelsey Hospital with minor injuries.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol or driver distraction were factors in this crash. The crash remains under investigation. 

Assisting the Michigan State Police at the scene was Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, Montcalm County EMS, Howard City Fire Department, Lakeview Fire Department, Maple Valley Fire Department, Aero Med, Mckays Towing, and Montcalm County Central Dispatch.

A gofundme account has been set up to help the Baker family with expenses. In just 24 hours, they are less than $300 away from the $10,000 goal. To donate, go to:  https://www.gofundme.com/5j5nmc-the-baker-family



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Man arrested for causing fatal crash


Troopers from the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post have arrested a 29-year-old Coral man for causing a crash that costed another man his life last summer.

The crash occurred on July 4, 2017 on Kendaville Rd, west of Bailey Rd, in Maple Valley Township. Police investigation showed that Guy Petherbridge, 61, also of Coral, had stopped his vehicle on the road after striking a deer. The car he was driving was then struck by an eastbound Ford truck traveling at a high rate of speed, which was driven by the 29-year-old man. The impact caused the car to split in half and catch fire. Petherbridge suffered fatal injuries from the crash. The driver of the Ford truck suffered minor injuries. 

The Montcalm County Prosecutor’s office authorized a warrant for Operating While Intoxicated Causing Death and Reckless Driving Causing Death. The subject was arrested at his home in Coral and lodged at the Montcalm County Jail without incident. His name has not yet been released.

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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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