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Good Samaritan, two others hurt in multi-car crash on I-96

Becky Vargo • Feb 9, 2017 at 11:27 AM

WRIGHT TWP. — Three women suffered non-life-threatening injuries in a multi-car crash Wednesday night on westbound I-96 east of Coopersville.

The westbound lanes of the highway in that area were closed for an hour and a half after the 6:57 p.m. crash, said Sgt. Christie Wendt of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

All of the vehicles were traveling west on the highway, Wendt said, and all of the occupants were wearing seat belts.

The crash occurred when a car driven by 32-year-old Stacey Holmes of Kentwood struck another vehicle from behind. The second car was driven by Angel Barcenas, 18, of Ravenna.

The collision left Holmes’ vehicle disabled in the middle of the highway. 

Brianna Esparza, 21, of Muskegon pulled over and went to the Holmes vehicle to check on the driver. That’s when another westbound car, driven by 51-year-old Jeni Rink of Coopersville, hit the Holmes car. The collision sent Esparza airborne, Wendt said.

A fifth vehicle, driven by 31-year-old Derrick Arens of Coopersville, tried to avoid crashing into the Holmes car and instead struck the Rink vehicle.

Rink was pinned inside her car for about 45 minutes before being extricated from it by Wright-Tallmadge firefighters.

Ambulances transported Rink, Holmes and Esparza to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids following the crashes. Barcenas and Arens were not injured, Wendt said

Walker police assisted at the scene.

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