by JUDY REED
A two-car accident in Courtland Township last week left one man with critical injuries and several others with minor scrapes and lacerations. The accident happened about 4 p.m. June 7, at 15 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue.
According to police, a witness told them that a red Chevrolet Malibu was at the stop sign in the eastbound lane of 15 Mile at Shaner, when it pulled out in front of a white Dodge Durango traveling north on Shaner. There is no stop sign on Shaner, and the two vehicles crashed in the intersection. The Durango left the roadway and overturned in a yard north of the crash. A teen male sitting in the rear of the Durango was ejected and landed underneath the tire of the SUV in a yard just north of the intersection. The victim, Matthew John Slabbekoorn, 17, of Algoma Township was airlifted from the scene by AeroMed with a head injury.
There were seven passengers in the Durango. The driver, Benjamin Creed Sullivan, 19, of Courtland Township was treated for minor injuries at the scene. Brooklynn Jenette Hommerson, 17, of Sparta was transported to Butterworth by Rockford Ambulance with minor injuries. The other passengers were treated for minor injuries at the scene and declined to be transported to the hospital.
There were four passengers in the Malibu. The driver, Terese Clement, 42, of Courtland Township and three children, Jack Clement, 6, John Clement, 1, and Greg Clement, 1, suffered minor injuries and were all transported to the hospital by ambulance.
Assisting at the scene was the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Cedar Springs Police, Sand Lake Police,
Courtland Township Fire, Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue, Rockford Ambulance, and AeroMed.