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Four injured in rollover crash

This rollover crash at 15 Mile and Shaner Avenue Sunday sent four people to the hospital. Courtesy photo from S. Caudill.

Four people were sent to the hospital—two of them with life-threatening injuries—after two vehicles collided Sunday in Courtland Township. One of the passengers with life-threatening injuries died Tuesday.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred about 5:36 p.m. at the corner of 15 Mile and Shaner Avenue. Police said that a 2008 Chevy Cobalt, driven by Nicole Grindel, 44, of Nelson Township, was eastbound on 15 Mile Road, and failed to stop at the stop sign at Shaner Avenue. The Cobalt was then struck by a 2008 Chevy Silverado that was traveling north on Shaner and had the right of way. The impact caused both vehicles to roll over.

Grindel was transported by Rockford Ambulance to Butterworth Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Silverado, Shirley Poeder, 58, of Greenville, suffered serious injuries and was also transported to Butterworth by Rockford Ambulance.

Poeder’s front seat passenger, Thomas Gee, 86, of Cedar Springs, suffered life-threatening injuries, and the backseat passenger, Emerson Gee, 55, of Cedar Springs, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Both were transported to Butterworth Hospital by Rockford Ambulance. Thomas Gee later passed away of his injuries on Tuesday, February 23.

Police do not believe alcohol was a factor, and the accident is still under investigation.

Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene. The intersection was closed to traffic for several hours.


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