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Man killed in Algoma Twp. Crash


A man died Wednesday when his van was struck by another vehicle at the corner of 13 Mile and Pine Island. Post photo by L. Allen.

by Judy Reed

One person died and three others were injured in a crash Wednesday afternoon, August 1, after two vehicles collided at the intersection of 13 Mile Rd and Pine Island in Algoma Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, a 1998 Ford Contour, driven by Nancy Cuellar, 58, of the City of Wyoming, was stopped on eastbound 13 Mile Rd, waiting to turn left on to Pine Island. She then began to make her turn and struck a westbound 2011 Ford Van driven by Todd Carlson, of Casnovia. The van left the roadway and rolled several times and landed facedown in a ditch.

The driver of the van was pinned in the vehicle. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Cuellar and two young female passengers, ages 8 and 5, were transported by Rockford Ambulance to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Both Algoma and Sparta Fire and Rescue responded to the scene. Aero Med was called but later told to stand down when Mr. Carlson passed away. The investigation is ongoing and it is unknown if alcohol or drugs were involved at this time.

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Sparta teen killed in crash


Mya Jane Turoski, 16, was killed in a car crash Wednesday. She would have been a junior at Sparta High School this fall. Photo from her Facebook page.

The Kent County Sheriff Department is investigating a crash that killed a 16-year-old Sparta girl on Wednesday morning, August 9.

According to police, the crash occurred about 10:20 a.m. Wednesday. They said that Mya Jane Turoski, 16, of Sparta Township, was traveling on Long Lake Drive, near 14 Mile Rd, in a 2000 Pontiac, when she lost control and crashed into a tree. She died at the scene.

The teen was the only occupant in the car, and she was wearing her seatbelt.

Sparta Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

The crash is still under investigation.

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