An eighteen-year-old driver who, according to witnesses “blew” the stop sign at 14 Mile Road and Pine Island caused a Kent County Road Commission dump truck to leave the roadway and strike a house. The accident occurred at approximately at 2:39 p.m. on Thursday, May 16. According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department both the Sheriff’s Department and Algoma Township Fire Department were dispatched to a personal injury accident at Pine Island Drive NE and 14 Mile Road NE.
A 2001 Chevy Malibu operated by an 18 year old Cedar Springs man was traveling East on 14 Mile and was required to stop at Pine Island. The Kent County Road Commission truck was a fully loaded dump truck traveling northbound on Pine Island and not required to stop. The KCRC driver and witnesses stated that the Chevy “blew” the stop sign. The KCRC truck hit the brakes, but struck the car broadside on the passenger side. The truck then went off the road to the right, over a ditch and through a yard into a house. The car was pushed up the road and went into the ditch on the west side of the road.
The 18 year old driver was taken by Aeromed to Butterworth Hospital with critical injuries. The KCRC driver sustained minor injuries. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts and alcohol was not a factor.