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Crash takes life of Howard City woman


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A 24-year-old Howard City woman died Tuesday morning when the vehicle she was riding in ran into the back of a road commission tractor.

According to the Michigan State Police Rockford Post, the crash occurred at about 8:55 a.m. Tuesday morning August 25, on Marvin Road, west of Maple Island Rd, in Holton Township, Muskegon County.

Their preliminary investigation revealed that a SUV traveling west bound ran into the back of a Muskegon County Road Commission tractor/mower that was mowing the shoulder of the roadway. The 24-year-old female passenger of the SUV, from Howard City, was pronounced deceased on scene. The 26-year-old male driver, from Montague, was transported to the hospital with serious, life-threatening injuries.  The tractor operator was taken to the hospital by vehicle for non-life-threatening injuries. 

The crash remains under investigation and no names have been released yet pending notification of family members.

Troopers were assisted on scene by Holton Fire and Dalton Township Fire departments.

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Woman killed in head-on crash; several others injured


A 50-year-old woman from White Cloud died Sunday evening, when the car she was riding in was hit head-on by another vehicle just west of Cedar Springs.

According to the Michigan State Police, the crash occurred about 10 p.m. on Sunday, August 16, on 17 Mile Road near Lime Lake Avenue in Solon Township.

Their preliminary investigation revealed that a 2006 Chevy Avalanche driven by a 35-year-old man from Sparta was traveling west bound on 17 Mile Road when he crossed the center line and collided head on with a 2002 Chevy Impala that was traveling east bound and driven by a 28-year-old woman from White Cloud, MI.  A 50-year-old woman from White Cloud was inside the Chevrolet Impala and was pronounced deceased on scene.

The driver and a second juvenile passenger in the Chevrolet Impala, and the driver of the Chevrolet Avalanche, were all transported to the hospital via Aero Med and are in critical condition. Two juvenile passengers of the Chevrolet Avalanche were transported to the hospital via ambulance for non-life-threatening injuries. 

The crash remains under investigation by the MSP Rockford post. Names have not yet been released. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.  

Troopers were assisted on scene by the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, Kent City Fire Department, Solon Township Fire Department, Rockford EMS Ambulance, Montcalm County EMS Ambulance, Spectrum Health Aero Med, and Michigan Department of Transportation. 

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Cedar Springs woman dies in crash



A Cedar Springs woman died last weekend when her car rolled on US-131 in the early hours of the morning.

According to the Michigan State Police, the crash occurred on Saturday, February 15, at 3:59 a.m. on northbound US-131 north of 6 Mile Rd, in Plainfield Township. The preliminary investigation showed that only one vehicle was involved.

A Chevrolet Cruze had been reported as driving recklessly shortly before the crash, then ran off the roadway and rolled multiple times. The only person in the vehicle was the driver, identified as Monique Gabrielle Wilks, 22, of Cedar Springs. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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Stanwood man and his horse killed in pedestrian-car crash



The Michigan State Police (MSP) Mt. Pleasant Post is investigating a car vs. pedestrian fatal crash that occurred on February 16, 2020, at approximately 9:39 a.m. The crash also involved an on-duty trooper, who was assisting in the area.

A trooper from the MSP Mount Pleasant Post was assisting an 85-year-old Stanwood man with getting a horse back to the man’s residence on 8 Mile Rd east of 170th Ave within Mecosta County’s Austin Twp. The trooper was dispatched to the area of 8 Mile Rd near 170th Ave for a reported horse running loose. The horse was captured by the trooper, at which time the owner was identified and contacted by citizens passing by. The owner of the horse then came to the scene and took possession of his horse and began to lead the horse home.

As the trooper was in the process of assisting the citizen in getting his horse back home, preliminary investigation shows that passenger car, driven by a 43-year-old Mt. Pleasant woman traveling west on 8 Mile Rd. lost control of her vehicle, crossed the centerline, and struck the man and his horse on the side of eastbound 8 Mile Rd. After striking the man and horse, the vehicle then struck the patrol vehicle occupied by the trooper. As a result of the crash, the Stanwood man and his horse received fatal injuries. The trooper was medically treated and released for injuries he sustained in this crash. The Mt. Pleasant woman was not injured in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Troopers were assisted on the scene by Mecosta Fire and Rescue and the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Department.

The deceased was identified as 85-year-old Robert Johnston of Stanwood.

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Crash takes life of Holton man


One man died and another went to the hospital to get checked out after a two-vehicle crash at the corner Northland Drive and 16 Mile Rd in Nelson Township Thursday evening.

Firefighters worked to free a man from his vehicle after a crash Thursday evening. Post photo by J. Reed.

The crash occurred about 6:50 p.m., January 2. The call came across originally as a three-car crash with one person unconscious and needing to be extricated from the vehicle.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office, Cedar Springs Fire, and Courtland Fire responded to the scene.

Deputies reported that the preliminary investigation shows that a man driving a 2007 Ford Focus was traveling northbound on Northland Dr NE and attempted to make a left turn onto westbound 16 Mile Rd NE. A 2006 Volvo XC90 that was traveling southbound then struck his vehicle.

The driver of the Ford Focus, Scott Latsch, 31, of Holton, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the Volvo, David Garner, 28, of Cedar Springs, went to the hospital on his own to be checked out.

Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the crash. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kent County Sheriff’s Office.

This is the second time in two months that someone has died from a crash at this intersection. In November, Marshall Taylor, 82, of Rockford, was headed southbound on Northland Drive when his vehicle collided with a Chevy Impala headed eastbound on 16 Mile Rd. He later died of his injuries.

The Post has reached out to the Kent County Road Commission to find out if any kind of study has been done or is being planned for this intersection.

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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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