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Woman killed in crash

A 55-year-old Howard City woman was killed Monday when a car crossed the centerline and hit the vehicle she was driving head-on.

According to Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt, the accident occurred about 10:30 p.m. Monday, January 21, on Federal Highway (Northland Drive) near Almy Rd, in Reynolds Township. A 64-year-old Sand Lake man, driving a 2009 Honda CRV, was traveling south on Federal when he crossed over into the northbound lane and struck a 2001 Pontiac Montana.

The driver of the Montana, Patricia Dingman, 55, of Howard City, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Sand Lake man was initially unresponsive, and was later transported to Butterworth Hospital in serious condition with possible rib, ankle and head injuries. His name has not yet been released.

Both were lone occupants of their respective vehicles. 

Neither was believed to be wearing seatbelts and alcohol does not appear to be a factor. Police are still investigating what caused the man to cross the centerline.

Howard City Police were assisted by the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, Montcalm County EMS, Howard City Fire Department, and the Michigan State Police Rockford Post.


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