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Man dies in weekend crash

By Judy Reed

One man was killed and another is in critical condition after an accident at White Creek and 17 Mile Road Saturday evening.

One man was killed and another is in critical condition after an accident at White Creek and 17 Mile Road Saturday evening.

A drunk-driving related accident in Cedar Springs claimed the life of a Wyoming man Saturday night.

According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, the crash occurred at the intersection of White Creek Avenue and 17 Mile Road about 10:25 p.m. Saturday, October 4. According to a witness, a red Jeep driven by Todd Michael Benoit, 35, of Rockford, was heading northbound on White Creek Avenue, and had stopped before pulling out into the intersection in front of a westbound, full-size Dodge pickup truck. The Jeep was struck in the front passenger’s door.

Cedar Springs and Solon Township fire and rescue responded to the scene, and used the Jaws of Life to extricate the passenger in the Jeep, Derrick Mitchell Holstege, 19, of Wyoming. Paramedics performed CPR on the young man, before sending him to Butterworth Hospital, where he later died. Benoit, who is reportedly the teen’s father. was also sent to the hospital by Rockford Ambulance, in critical condition. Parent said that alcohol appears to have been a contributing factor on the part of Benoit.

At that time of night, the light flashes red for north-south traffic on White Creek and flashes yellow for east-west traffic on 17 Mile Road. Parent said that the witness told him the northbound Jeep stopped, and then he (southbound witness) stopped, and then the Jeep proceeded into the intersection. “He (Benoit) may have thought it was his turn to go, and not have realized that there was a flashing yellow the other way,” said Parent. “But alcohol was also a factor.”

The driver of the pickup, a 33-year-old man from Howard City, was not injured. “Due to the seriousness of the crash, he voluntarily submitted to a preliminary breath test,” explained Parent. “The results were negative for alcohol.”

The accident remains under investigation at this time.

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One Response to “Man dies in weekend crash”

  1. a life was taken this boys life is over before it began because of a father who had to drink that night an get behind the wheel of his car when he had his own son in the car with him i can’t even think of how this man is going to be able to live with himself the rest of his life it is so sad to think there are parents out there that could put their own childrens life at risk as he did now every fathers day he can think of his son an what he did to him all i can say to him is good luck guy at living the rest of your life in peace.




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