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Crash takes life of Holton man

Crash takes life of Holton man

One man died and another went to the hospital to get checked out after a two-vehicle crash at the corner Northland Drive and 16 Mile Rd in Nelson Township Thursday evening.

Firefighters worked to free a man from his vehicle after a crash Thursday evening. Post photo by J. Reed.

The crash occurred about 6:50 p.m., January 2. The call came across originally as a three-car crash with one person unconscious and needing to be extricated from the vehicle.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office, Cedar Springs Fire, and Courtland Fire responded to the scene.

Deputies reported that the preliminary investigation shows that a man driving a 2007 Ford Focus was traveling northbound on Northland Dr NE and attempted to make a left turn onto westbound 16 Mile Rd NE. A 2006 Volvo XC90 that was traveling southbound then struck his vehicle.

The driver of the Ford Focus, Scott Latsch, 31, of Holton, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the Volvo, David Garner, 28, of Cedar Springs, went to the hospital on his own to be checked out.

Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the crash. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kent County Sheriff’s Office.

This is the second time in two months that someone has died from a crash at this intersection. In November, Marshall Taylor, 82, of Rockford, was headed southbound on Northland Drive when his vehicle collided with a Chevy Impala headed eastbound on 16 Mile Rd. He later died of his injuries.

The Post has reached out to the Kent County Road Commission to find out if any kind of study has been done or is being planned for this intersection.

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One Response to “Crash takes life of Holton man”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Have some compassion and take remove the picture of his car. Scott’s family and friends dont need to see that.

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