Posted on 19 January 2017.
The Michigan State Police Rockford Post is seeking information regarding a suspect vehicle in a hit-and-run crash that occurred at approximately 6 p.m. on Jan. 12, 2017.
According to police, two pedestrians were struck and injured by a vehicle on Giles Road near the intersection of Peterson Road in Laketon Township, Muskegon County. The vehicle, which fled east on Giles Road from the scene, was described as a red pickup truck, possibly a Chevrolet, with the tailgate either down or missing. The crash caused the vehicle’s passenger side mirror to break off and it was left at the scene.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of this vehicle or the identity of its occupants is asked to call the Rockford Post at 616-866-4411.
Tips may also be submitted to Silent Observer at www.silentobservermuskegon.com by texting MKGTIP to 274637 or by calling 231-72-CRIME.
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Posted on 01 September 2016.
Charles Driggers died Friday August 26, nine days after being struck in a hit and run crash.
A Grand Rapids man that struck a bicyclist on August 19 and then left the scene, is now being charged in the man’s death.
According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Benjamin VanderPloeg, of Grand Rapids, was traveling westbound on Cannonsburg Road, east of Chauncey Avenue on August 17, about 8:19 p.m., when he struck bicyclist Charles Driggers, 66, from behind. The driver then left the scene.
Benjamin A. Vander Ploeg
VanderPloeg was later arrested and charged with driving while license suspended causing serious injury, and failing to stop at a serious injury accident in relation to this incident. However, the victim died on August 26 of his injuries, and two new charges were added Wednesday, August 31: driving while license suspended causing death; and failing to stop at a serious injury accident causing death.
Bond was set at $200,000. The suspect is still in custody.
Driggers was reportedly training for an Iron man competition when the crash occurred.
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Posted on 04 February 2016.
Hit and run victim Ryan Tsatsos.
Crimestoppers has upped the reward for information regarding the hit and run death of college student Ryan Tsatsos.
Just after midnight on Sunday morning, November 1, 2015, Ryan Tsatsos was hit while walking to his Central Michigan University residence hall in Mount Pleasant, MI.
The incident occurred on Crawford Road between Billabrail Street and Concourse Drive, south of the main campus.
Color of hit and run vehicle. * This is not necessarly the make/model of the vehicle.
Police believe the vehicle is a dark metallic blue color. The vehicle could likely have front passenger side damage and potentially fender, windshield and hood damage.
To submit an ANONYMOUS tip:
Call: 1-800-SPEAKUP (1-800-773-2587)
Text: CSM and your tip to CRIMES (274637)
Consider criminals armed and dangerous! DO NOT try to apprehend criminals. A cash reward will be paid for information received through the 1-800-Speak-Up anonymous tip hotline that leads to the felony arrest of the person(s) responsible for the crime. In case of emergency, call 911 or your local law enforcement agency.
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Posted on 18 December 2014.
Albert Alan Ferrier
A Stanton man was arraigned Wednesday on charges stemming from a hit and run in Montcalm County Tuesday.
According to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred about 2:21 p.m. December 15, on Sheridan Road, near Pakes Road, in Evergreen Township. Joseph Pruitt, 27, of Greenville, was riding his bicycle southbound on the east shoulder of Sheridan Road, when a vehicle traveling north on Sheridan Road left the roadway and struck the bicyclist. The vehicle did not stop at the crash scene, and continued northbound.
A witness followed the suspect and was able to get a vehicle description and the number on the license plate, and another witness stopped and administered first aid to the bicyclist. Pruitt was transported to Sheridan Community Hospital by Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services, and later flown by Aeromed to Spectrum in Grand Rapids in serious condition. He was upgraded to good condition on Wednesday.
Central Dispatch operators broadcasted the information on the license plate to area officers. A Michigan State Police Trooper was near the home of the registered owner of the vehicle and made contact with the suspect vehicle near that location. The driver, 72-year-old Albert Alan Ferrier, of Stanton was arrested by Sheriff’s deputies Tuesday and arraigned Wednesday on charges of Operating While Intoxicated causing serious injury and leaving the scene of an accident. Bond was set at $10,000.
Assisting agencies at the scene of the accident included the Montcalm County Emergency Services, the Stanton Police Department, and the Michigan State Police.
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Posted on 01 May 2014.
A 27-year-old Howard City man has been arrested for a hit and run accident that occurred on Tuesday, April 29 in Howard City.
According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred about 7:02 p.m. on Walnut Street, near Cedar Street. A 2007 Ford Ranger was traveling eastbound on Walnut Street and preparing to turn into a private drive, when it was struck from behind by a 1999 Ford Explorer. The Ford Explorer then left the scene. Witnesses and occupants of the Ranger were able to provide deputies with a description of the driver and the vehicle’s registration plate.
One occupant of the Ford Ranger, a 20-year-old Jenison woman, was treated by Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services at the scene for injuries to her head and neck. She declined to be transported to a hospital. A 37-year-old Kentwood woman, a 23-year-old Jenison man, and a 1-year-old child, also from Jenison, were uninjured in the crash.
A witness to the crash had followed the Explorer to a residence a short distance from the scene and provided the location to deputies. A 27-year-old Howard City man was then lodged at the Montcalm County Jail for Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident and Driving while License Suspended.
Alcohol use was not involved in the crash and all occupants of the vehicles involved were wearing their seatbelts. The accident remains under investigation.
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Posted on 10 October 2013.
The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of a hit and run crash in Pierson involving a car and a bicycle that occurred Sunday, October 6, 2013 at approximately 1:55 p.m.
It was reported that a 32-year-old Pierson man was travelling south on Bass Lake Road near Cannonsville Road, in Pierson Township, on his bicycle, when he was struck from behind. The vehicle that struck the bicyclist was reported to be an older Toyota Camry and had fled the scene. The bicyclist was able to continue to his home and then called Central Dispatch. Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services responded to the home and transported the bicyclist to Kelsey Hospital where he was treated for his injuries.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office at 989-831-5253 or the tip line at 989-831-7593.
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Posted on 03 July 2013.
It’s been over three years now since Erica Sevigny, 26, of Sparta, was killed by a hit and run driver. And the reward for information leading to an arrest has just been increased.
Erica was on her way home from work at the Crazy Horse on 14 Mile Road on Saturday, April 3, when she swerved to avoid a deer on 14 Mile west of Pennington. She crashed her fiancee’s truck into a tree, but was unharmed. She got out of the truck and called police, and was on the phone with 911 when she was struck and killed by a hit and run driver just before midnight. Kent County Sheriff’s Department investigators believe that the suspect vehicle was traveling westbound on 14 Mile Road, and that it likely did not have a large amount of damage to the body.
The Kent County Sheriff Department has been actively working this case hoping to find the suspect(s) involved in this fatal hit and run death. The $5,000 reward that has been offered since Erica’s death has now been increased to $8,000 thanks to a $3,000 donation from a local business.
“Police have already received hundreds of tips but are still looking for good, crime-solving information regarding this case,” said Chris Cameron, of Silent Observer. “Friendships and loyalties can change or dissolve over time. Perhaps someone with knowledge of this tragic event will now no longer be afraid to come forward to tell authorities what they know.”
Silent Observer guarantees that those who report information about crime are anonymous and no one will ever try to learn their identity. Anyone with information about this tragic crime is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff Department at 632-6100 or Silent Observer at 774-2345. Silent Observer can be contacted confidentially by using the Report A Crime section on their website which is www.silentobserver.org. Or, download their mobile app and send a tip right from your smartphone.
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Posted on 01 June 2012.
The Michigan State Police Lakeview Post are searching for a man who caused a traffic accident in a construction zone, while attempting to flee police.
The incident occurred in Montcalm County on Thursday, May 24, 2012 just after midnight. A Trooper assigned to the Lakeview Post attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation in Northwest Montcalm County. The male suspect driver immediately attempted to flee the initial pursuing Trooper. During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle turned north onto US131 in the northbound lane. The area is under construction and is a one-lane road. The suspect vehicle struck a third party vehicle causing that vehicle to roll several times.
The initial pursuing Trooper stopped to render first aid to the victim in the third party vehicle, and assisting Troopers and officers from the Howard City Police Department continued the pursuit. After striking the third party vehicle, the suspect then turned off the headlights of his vehicle and exited the freeway. Pursuing officers then lost sight of the vehicle.
The initial pursuing Trooper was able to identify the driver as Alan Steven Phelps, of Morley, MI. Phelps has several felony warrants for his arrest, with additional warrants forthcoming.
Information was received later that night, around 9 p.m., on May 24, that Phelps was in the area of 4 mile and Northland Dr in southern Mecosta Co. An extensive search was conducted utilizing State Police aviation and K9 units. But Phelps was not located during the search.
As of Thursday, May 31, Phelps was still missing. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Phelps is asked to call 911 immediately.
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Posted on 03 May 2012.
The investigation into a hit and run that took the life of Tyler Helton, 20, of Sand Lake, on April 21 is still pending. Trooper Hunt, of the Michigan State Police Lakeview, said he plans to get charges sent to the prosecutor by the end of the week for review.
Helton was walking along Stanton Road in Pierson Township, when a truck struck him about 9:12 p.m., April 21. The truck left the scene, but a 57-year-old Howard City man turned himself in the next morning when he saw the news reports. They believe alcohol was a factor in the accident.
According to Trooper Hunt, Helton was not riding a bicycle, as had been reported by some media, (including this paper). “I’m not sure where that information came from,” he said. We apologize for the error.
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Posted on 12 May 2011.
Post photo by L. Allen.
UPDATE May 13: added suspect’s name and charges
Sue and Joe Arnold’s grandchildren often spend the night at their grandparents’ campground on Lincoln Lake in Spencer Township. But Sue is glad that last Friday was not one of those nights. That’s because a hit and run driver ran off the road about 6:05 a.m. Saturday morning and hit the trailer they normally sleep in.
“If it had been Sunday morning instead of Saturday morning, they probably would have been hurt,” she said, noting that the crash hit the bathroom and the bedroom, and knocked the trailer about 5 feet off its foundation.
The campground, Outlook Pointe, is located just off 18 Mile between Hemlock and Podunk Ave. Sue said that her neighbors, Ed and Kathy Grifhorst, heard the crash and ran out to see what had happened. She said that by then the driver, reportedly a young 20-year-old male, had pulled his 1994 Toyota pickup out of the wreckage and was driving away. “I’m surprised he could drive it,” she said.
Sue explained that Ed, her neighbor, followed the truck until it quit, and the Kent County Sheriff Department arrived on scene. She said the driver told police he fell asleep, and that he was driving without insurance.
Sgt. Patty Seif, of the Kent County Sheriff Department, confirmed that the suspect, Albert James Johnson, of Greenville, had been drinking, but was not over the legal limit. He was cited for careless driving, and Minor in Possesion, both misdemeanor charges. He was on probation because of a past MIP offense. Johnson is due in court on May 18 at 8:30 a.m.
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