An 18-year-old girl from Kent City died last Friday night, February 24, when the car she was driving left the road and hit a tree.
According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Brittany Aleshia Snyder, 18, was traveling eastbound on 18 Mile, west of Fruit Ridge, in Tyrone Township, about 1:10 a.m., when she ran off the south side of the road and struck a tree. Snyder was trapped in the vehicle and it erupted in flames. An 18-year-old female passenger ran to a nearby house and dialed 911.
The car was completely engulfed in flames when deputies and firefighters arrived on the scene. Kent City Fire and Rescue extinguished the fire and assisted in medical treatment of the passenger. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said that alcohol was a factor in the accident. Speed and weather may also have been a factor. The accident is still under investigation.
Snyder is the daughter of Jason and Gail Snyder. A celebration of her life was held on Wednesday, February 29, at Stegenga Funeral Chapel in Belmont.