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Child dies in ORV accident


 

A 12-year-old boy died last week and two 7-year-olds were injured when the ORV they were riding on rolled over.

The accident occurred on Friday, July 8, about 12:41 p.m., in Bushnell Township, in Montcalm County.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, both they and Montcalm County Emergency Services were dispatched to a young male not breathing due to an ORV rollover in the 4000 block of East Boyer Rd. CPR was performed on the 12-year-old boy, who was from Fenwick. Despite efforts from the Sheriff’s Office and rescue personnel, the boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said that a Massimo 4×4 off road vehicle was driven by the 12-year-old, with two 7-year-old passengers. The initial investigation revealed the 12-year-old was ejected when the vehicle struck a bump in the yard and overturned. One 7-year-old female passenger had jumped out prior to the vehicle overturning. The second 7-year old-male passenger rolled over with the vehicle. Both of the 7-year-old passengers sustained minor injuries.

Police said helmets were not in use, and seatbelts were available but not in use. Alcohol was not a factor.

The accident remains under investigation.

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Sparta man dies after ORV accident


Derek Bellows died following an ORV accident Christmas eve morning. Photo from gofundme page.

Derek Bellows died following an ORV accident Christmas eve morning. Photo from gofundme page.

A Sparta man who died following a tragic ORV accident early Christmas eve morning has given the gift of life to others.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Derek Bellows, 23, of Sparta, was driving a 2000 Yamaha quad westbound on 14 Mile Road NW, west of Phelps Avenue NW, in Sparta Township, when he hit a tree that had fallen across the road. He was thrown from the quad and found lying in the roadway. He was not wearing a helmet, and suffered a severe head injury.

Police believe the accident occurred between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. He was discovered about 6:25 a.m. It was unknown whether alcohol or excessive speed was involved.

Derek was transported to the hospital, where he was put on a ventilator. He died on December 26.

According to a gofundme page set up in his memory, Derek’s organs were donated to save the lives of several people. It was reportedly close to Derek’s  heart, because his grandfather received a new heart eight  years ago.

According to the gofundme page, “Derek was an amazing young man and full of life. He loved the outdoors, riding horses, snowmobiles, four-wheelers or whatever he could drive fast.  He also had a huge heart for people and animals. Derek loved horses and especially his dog.”

His funeral will be January 2, at 1 p.m. at Ballard Church of Christ. To make a memorial contribution, visit the gofundme page at https://www.gofundme.com/9ygj28qk. Contributions will benefit the Wounded Warrior project.

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