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Cellphones contribute to crashes in Crockery and Georgetown townships

Becky Vargo • Nov 15, 2017 at 12:24 PM

Three people were injured and two drivers ticketed in separate Ottawa County crashes caused by possible cellphone distractions.

Emergency crews responded to a rear-end crash at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on M-104 at 130th Avenue in Crockery Township.

Bradley Ingalls, 31, of Spring Lake was driving a 2017 Kia Rio west on M-104 and had stopped at the 130th Avenue intersection. He was waiting for eastbound traffic to clear so that he could turn left onto 130th, said Sgt. Steve Austin of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. 

Ingalls’ vehicle was struck from behind by a 2013 Nissan Altima driven by Gurjot Banipal, 25, of Grand Haven. Austin said that Banipal was looking at her phone and did not see Ingalls stopped in the intersection.

Both drivers suffered minor injuries, but sought their own treatment.

The second crash occurred in Georgetown Township shortly before 9 p.m. Emergency crews responded to the intersection of Chicago Drive and Main Street, where an Ada teen drove through a red light and struck another car.

Tyler Eelchoff, 16, was traveling west on Chicago Drive in a 2001 Chrysler Sebring when he ran the red light at Main Street and struck a car driven by Misty Scott, 36, of Hudsonville.

Eelchoff suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash and was transported to a local hospital, said Sgt. Matt Wildfong of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. Scott and her passenger were not injured.

Witnesses told police that Eelchoff never slowed down for the red light.

Eelchoff admitted that he was talking on his phone at the time of the crash, Wildfong said. The boy was ticketed for running the light.

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