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Trailer damaged in hit and run


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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Police search for leads in fatal hit and run


By Judy Reed

It was one year ago last weekend that Erica Sevigny, 26, of Sparta, was killed in a hit and run accident on 14 Mile Road, west of Pennington in Algoma Township, and police are still looking for leads and following up tips.

According to Sgt. Woodway, with the Kent County Sheriff Department, the only new thing to come up since last year was when WOOD-TV did a few stories on the case in January. He said they received 20-25 tips from viewers that saw the story, and received several more at a recent benefit for Erica’s family held at the Sparta Moose Lodge. “We have 20-30 we are investigating now, but nothing real positive yet,” he explained. “But we’re still working on it full force, following up tips and investigating the case.”

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. 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.

There is a possibility that there may have been more than one person in the suspect vehicle due to nearby witnesses overhearing an argument near the vicinity of the crash just after it occurred.

Police later identified red paint flecks found on Erica’s clothing that were either a Vermillian Red or Rio Red. Based on this paint, they are looking for a 1998-2007 Ford F series truck, Ford Explorer, Ford Edge, Ford Escape, Lincoln MKX, Lincoln Aviator, Mercury Mountaineer or Mercury Mariner. But they are not ruling out other vehicles they said.

Police are asking the public for assistance with any information they might have about the suspect vehicle or driver. Silent Observer is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for Erica’s death.

Please notify the Kent County Sheriff’s Detective Bureau at 616-632-6125 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 with information relating to this crash.

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Reward Offered in hit and run


Silent Observer is now offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the individual responsible for the hit and run accident that killed Erica Sevigny, of Sparta, on April 4. The accident occurred on 14 Mile Rd west of Pennington. The suspect vehicle is believed to be a medium to full-sized vehicle, such as a truck, SUV or van. Call (616) 774-2345, or toll free at 1 (866) 774-2345. You can also text a tip to CRIMES (274637). The keyword TIP138 must appear on the first line of your text message in order to reach Silent Observer.

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