Teen killed in Solon crash

A 19-year-old Rockford youth was killed in a two-car accident Thursday evening, August 11, in Solon Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Kyle James Alberta, 19, of Cannon Township was traveling westbound on 19 Mile Road in a 2006 Hyundai Sonata at about 6:52 p.m. when he stopped at the stop sign at Algoma. He reportedly then pulled out in front of a northbound vehicle driven by April Marie Proctor, 25, of Kent City. Proctor’s vehicle then struck Alberta’s vehicle on the driver’s side.

Alberta was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Kristin Nicole Martin, 19, of Rockford was transported to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital by Rockford Ambulance with possible internal injuries.

Proctor was transported to Spectrum Butterworth by AeroMed, with multiple fractures on her right side.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor. The crash is still under investigation.

Assisting at the scene was Solon Fire and Rescue, Rockford Ambulance, AeroMed and the Kent County Road Commission.

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