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Child ejected in two-car crash

A 10-year-old Rockford boy was thrown from the SUV he was riding in last Friday evening, after it was struck by another vehicle.

The accident occurred on Friday, September 26, at 13 Mile Road and Myers Lake Avenue in Courtland Township. According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Peter Jelinek, 47, of Rockford, was driving his 2005 Volvo station wagon eastbound on 13 Mile about 8:39 p.m., when he failed to stop at the sign at the intersection of Myers Lake Avenue. His vehicle then hit a southbound 2002 Chevy Tahoe, occupied by two adults and three children.

Ten-year-old Niko Marquez, of Rockford, was ejected from the Tahoe and treated at Helen DeVos Children’s hospital for head injuries. The driver of the Tahoe, Joel Marquez, 39, of Rockford, and the other passengers, which included a two-month old—were not injured.

The driver of the Volvo also was not injured.

Police said that alcohol use on Jelinek’s part looked to be a contributing factor in the accident, and the accident is still under investigation.

Assisting at the scene was Courtland Fire and Rescue, and Rockford ambulance.

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