2 hurt in M-45 crash

(UPDATE: Saturday 12:36 a.m.) Police said a car turned into the path of an oncoming SUV on Lake Michigan Drive in Robinson Township on Friday night, sending one of the two drivers to the hospital.
Tribune Staff
May 24, 2014


Sgt. Christie Wendt of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department said Nathaniel Prause, 22, was driving west on M-45 when he made the left turn at 104th Avenue shortly after 9 p.m.

Prause's Chevy Sonic was hit by an eastbound Jeep Wrangler. The collision forced the Wrangler to roll over several times and strike four parked cars at the Embassy Bar & Grill.

The driver of the Wrangler, 26-year-old James Velthuis of West Olive, was taken by a North Ottawa Community Hospital ambulance to Spectrum Health Hospital in Grand Rapids, where he was being treated for multiple non-life-threatening injuries on Friday night, Wendt said. Prause was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Wendt said Prause, a Muskegon County resident, was cited for failing to yield the right of way.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts and alcohol is not a factor in the crash, Wendt said.



Correction: They both can't be going "Westbound" in the body of the article. The biggest challenge I have on M-45 is if your turning left off of M-45, traffic behind you doesn't stop behind you. They fly by you in the right hand turn lane. When you turn left and oncoming traffic turns left, that can be a real mess. I've seen the aftermath.

Mark Brooky

Thanks for pointing that out. It's corrected now.


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