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Man injured in Montcalm crash

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a two-car crash on Greenville Road south of Wise Road at approximately 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 7, 2017.

The investigation revealed that William Mason, age 46 from Belding, was leaving the parking lot of a local business in his blue 1994 Honda Accord and pulled into the path of a northbound vehicle driven by Lyle Joslyn, age 48 from Ionia.

Mason’s vehicle was struck in the driver’s door by Joslyn’s black 2003 GMC pickup. Mason had to be extricated using the Jaws of Life due to the damaged sustained to the vehicle.

Mason was transported to Spectrum in Grand Rapids for serious injuries. Mason’s passenger, John Dulea age 54, from Greenville, was not injured. Joslyn was not injured in the crash.

Police said seat belts were used and airbags deployed during the crash. There are no known factors contributing to the crash and it is not known why Mason pulled into the path of Joslyn. Portions of Greenville Road had to be closed for approximately one-half hour during the extrication and clean up. The crash remains under investigation.

Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services and the Greenville Department of Public Safety fire units assisted at the scene.

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Pedestrian struck by vehicle


A Coral man was sent to the hospital in critical condition after being struck by two vehicles on December 23.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, Samantha Burden, 21, of Pierson, was headed south on Bailey Road, north of McBride Road, in Maple Valley Township, about 10:34 p.m. December 23, when she saw something in the road.

She determined it was a person, later identified as Daniel Rizor, age 48, from Coral, bent over near a bicycle. Burden braked and swerved in an attempt to avoid a collision, but still struck Rizor. She went to a nearby home to call Central Dispatch, and before she returned, another vehicle struck Rizor, as he lay in the roadway.

The second vehicle, a 2011 Ford Edge driven by Katrina Billin, age 41, from Gowen, was travelling south on Bailey Road. Billin saw the bicycle in the road but did not see Rizor and struck him. Billin also called Central Dispatch.

Rizor was transported to Spectrum by Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services with serious injuries, and in critical condition.

The drivers of both vehicles were wearing seatbelts, were not drinking, and there are no other known factors in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

The Post contacted the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office for an update on the condition of the bicyclist, but had not received an answer by press time.

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