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Crash takes life of Sparta High teen


Five teens were riding in this Pontiac Grand Prix when it left the road and hit a tree in Alpine Township on Sunday, April 10. Photo from FOX 17.

Five teens were riding in this Pontiac Grand Prix when it left the road and hit a tree in Alpine Township on Sunday, April 10. Photo from FOX 17.

An Alpine Township family is grieving this week after their 16-year-old daughter died from injuries she suffered in a traffic accident involving five teens.

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Alyssa Eggerding

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, they responded to the scene of an unknown accident on April 10, at 3:45 a.m. at the intersection of 9 Mile and Vinton, in Alpine Township. Also responding to the scene was Alpine Township Fire Department, AeroMed, and Rockford Ambulance.

They determined that the vehicle, a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix, was traveling north on Vinton, when the teen driver lost control and went off the roadway, and struck a tree at the northeast corner of Vinton and 9 Mile.

There were five teenagers in the vehicle, and they all suffered serious injuries.

One of the passengers, Alyssa Eggerding, 16, of Alpine Township, died Monday, April 11, of her injuries. She was a junior at Sparta High School, and member of the varsity softball team.

The other teens involved in the accident included the driver, Armando Mendoza, 17, of Alpine Township; Alyssa Naughton, 16, of Walker; Kaitlin Keeler, 15, of Alpine Township; and Olivia Lawrence, 17, of Sparta. Lawrence is also a Sparta High School student, and the others are Comstock Park High School students.

Police do not believe that the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The Sheriff department’s investigation will be forwarded to the Kent County Prosecutor’s office for review and formal charges once it is completed.

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Falling tree causes car crash


The accident occurred just north of 14 Mile, near Cedar Creek. Post photo by J. Reed

The accident occurred just north of 14 Mile, near Cedar Creek. Post photo by J. Reed

A tree landed on the roof of this car Wednesday, causing the driver to swerve and roll the car. Post photo by J. Reed

A tree landed on the roof of this car Wednesday, causing the driver to swerve and roll the car. Post photo by J. Reed

By Judy Reed

A freak accident sent two people from Solon Township to the hospital Wednesday afternoon.

According to both the Kent County Sheriff Department and a witness at the scene, a Chevrolet Cruze was heading south on Algoma about 2:06 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, just north of 14 Mile, when high winds toppled a tree and it landed on the roof of the car.

“They panicked and swerved and flipped the car into the ditch,” explained Brian Bos, of Moline, who was traveling behind the car and saw it happen. He immediately called 911, then went to check on the occupants. “They were pretty shaken up,” he said.

This tree snapped and landed on the roof of a passing car Wednesday, causing it to leave the road. Photo by J. Reed

This tree snapped and landed on the roof of a passing car Wednesday, causing it to leave the road. Photo by J. Reed

Shortly after the accident, winds took down another tree just north of the scene.

According to Kent County Sheriff Deputy Michael Allen, the two occupants in the vehicle, driver Sheldon Lennox, 56, and Bobbi Scholten, 52, suffered minor injuries and were transported to Spectrum Butterworth by Rockford Ambulance. They were reportedly on their way to Florida.

Algoma Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

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Accident sends one to hospital


 

These two vehicles were involved in a traffic crash in front of Arby’s on 17 Mile Tuesday. Photo by Autumn Schovey.

These two vehicles were involved in a traffic crash in front of Arby’s on 17 Mile Tuesday.
Photo by Autumn Schovey.

Photo by Autumn Schovey.

Photo by Autumn Schovey.

A traffic crash Tuesday afternoon, on 17 Mile Road, about ¼ mile east of White Creek Avenue, sent one driver to the hospital and caused traffic to be rerouted.

According to Sgt. Jason Kelley, with the Kent County Sheriff Department’s Cedar Springs Unit, witnesses reported that at about 4 p.m., February 16, a 59-year-old Algoma Township woman entered traffic on 17 Mile from a private drive without first stopping, and was struck by an eastbound vehicle driven by a 19-year-old Cedar Springs man.

The woman was transported to the hospital by Rockford Ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries. The accident is still under investigation.

Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

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Woman injured in rollover crash


 

A Solon Township woman suffered serious injuries when she rolled her car early Sunday morning, November 29,  in Cannon Township.

According to Kent County Sheriff Deputy Chad Potts, the woman, identified as Tommi Danorder, 37, of Solon Township, was driving her 2000 Ford Taurus northbound on Wolverine Boulevard, south of 10 Mile, about 6:11 a.m., when she lost control and struck the median. Her vehicle rolled several times, before coming to rest on its roof in the southbound lanes of Wolverine.

She was taken to Butterworth Hospital with serious injuries.

There were no passengers in the vehicle.

Assisting at the scene was Rockford Fire, Rockford Ambulance, Rockford Police, and the Michigan State Police.

Police said she was a wearing seatbelt, but alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident.

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White Cloud woman killed in accident


 

A 48-year-old White Cloud woman died last Saturday, October 10, after a two-car accident in Alpine Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, the accident occurred near the intersection of Fruit Ridge and 9 Mile Road, at 1:34 p.m.

The preliminary investigation showed that a northbound 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Kimberly Voorhees, 48, of White Cloud, crossed the centerline of the roadway to avoid hitting a slower moving vehicle and was struck by a south bound 2005 GMC Sierra Pick-up truck driven by Troy Guerra, 35, of Sparta.

Voorhees was transported to Spectrum Butterworth by Rockford Ambulance, where she later died of her injuries.

Guerra and his three pediatric passengers—Parker Guerra, 5, Tanner Guerra, 8, and Tanner Bormes, 9—were all transported to Spectrum Butterworth and treated for minor injuries.

This accident remains under investigation.

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Teen hurt in rollover crash


This Trailblazer (right) rolled after colliding with a pickup (left) Wednesday evening in Courtland Township. Post photo by J. Reed.

This Trailblazer (right) rolled after colliding with a pickup (left) Wednesday evening in Courtland Township. Post photo by J. Reed.

A Plainfield Township teen was sent to the hospital Wednesday evening with life-threatening injuries after a collision in Courtland Township.

The accident happened about 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 26, at 13 Mile and Myers Lake Roads.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, a Chevrolet Trailblazer, driven by Matthew Gorkowski, 17, of Sparta, was traveling westbound on 13 Mile Road and did not stop at the the stop sign at Myers Lake Road. His vehicle was struck on the passenger side by 2003 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck that was southbound on Myers Lake. The collision sent both vehicles off the road into the southwest corner of the intersection, with the Trailblazer rolling over.

Neither Gorkowski, nor the driver of the pickup truck, Andrew Rotunno, 18, of Cedar Springs, were injured. However, a 15-year-old female passenger in the Trailblazer suffered life-threatening injuries. She was transported by Rockford Ambulance to Spectrum Butterworth and then to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, where she remains in critical condition.

Everyone involved was wearing seatbelts and alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Courtland Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

 

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Rollover fatal for GR man


James Seibold

James Seibold

The Kent County Sheriff Department responded to a single car rollover accident on Summit, north of 14 Mile Road, about 8:19 p.m., Sunday, June 28.

Two people were trapped inside of the vehicle, a 1997 Pontiac Sunfire. The driver, a 41-year-old female from Algoma Township, suffered an arm injury, and was transported to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital by Rockford Ambulance.

The passenger, James Matthew Seibold, 42, of Grand Rapids, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident, and the crash is still under investigation.

Algoma Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

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Man killed in motorcycle crash


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A Courtland Township man died last Friday, June 19, when his motorcycle collided with an SUV in Courtland Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Taylor Miedema, 23, was traveling eastbound on 10 Mile Road on his 2007 Yamaha motorcycle just before 10 p.m., when he collided with a westbound 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe, being driven by Dawn Batchelder, 49, of Grand Rapids.

Miedema was pronounced dead at the scene.

Batchelder was not transported to the hospital.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident, and the investigation is ongoing.

Courtland Fire and Rescue and Rockford Ambulance assisted at the scene.

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Man dies, three injured in ATV accident


 

Jesse Turner

Jesse Turner

A Tyrone Township man died last weekend, after his ATV collided with a car.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the crash occurred about 11:08 p.m., Saturday, June 13, at Red Pine Dr and 20 Mile Rd, in Tyrone Township. Deputy Thomas reported that Jesse Turner, 28, of Tyrone Township, was traveling westbound on 20 Mile Road, on his Polaris RZRXP900, when he failed to stop for the stop sign, and collided with a GMC Jimmy, traveling southbound on Red Pine Drive.

The driver of the Jimmy, John Chapen, 42, of Grandville, was transported to Spectrum Butterworth by Life EMS, with a fractured pelvis. Passenger Sierra Chapen, 16, of Grandville, was transported to Spectrum Butterworth by Life EMS, with neck pain. The other passenger, Stacey Wolbert, 40, also of Grandville, suffered injuries to her abdomen, right knee, and lower back, and was also transported to Spectrum Butterworth by Life EMS.

The driver of the ATV was transported to Spectrum Butterworth, by Rockford Ambulance, but later died, as a result of his injuries. Police believe alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.

Kent City Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

The crash is still under investigation.

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Man dies in auto accident


Terrance Gage, of Courtland Township, died last week after his Jeep was struck at the intersection of Indian Lakes and Pine Island. Photo by woodtv.com.

Terrance Gage, of Courtland Township, died last week after his Jeep was struck at the intersection of Indian Lakes and Pine Island. Photo by woodtv.com.

Terrance Gage

Terrance Gage

A Cedar Springs man was killed last week in a two-vehicle accident in Algoma Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Terrance Gage II, 39, of Courtland Township, was traveling westbound on Indian Lakes, about 3:30 p.m., May 21, in a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee, when he ran the stop sign at Pine Island. His vehicle was then struck by a northbound 1997 Saturn, driven by Johnny Castellanos, 42, of the City of Cedar Springs.

Gage was pronounced dead at the scene.

Castellanos was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

Algoma Fire and Rescue and Rockford Ambulance both assisted at the scene.

Police said that both drivers were wearing seat belts, and alcohol did not appear to be a factor. The crash is still under investigation.

Funeral services were  held for Terrance Gage this week. See his obituary here.

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