Police: Shoplifter flees, runs red light, critically injured in crash

(UPDATED: Thursday at 11:50 a.m.) A woman fleeing after shoplifting at a local store ran a red light at a nearby intersection and was struck by a pickup truck.
Becky Vargo
Jul 31, 2014


Princess Warren, 27, of Muskegon Heights, was in critical condition at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids following the 6:17 a.m. crash, said Sgt. Steve Austin of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

The driver of the 2008 Dodge Dakota pickup truck, Donald Richardson, 59, of Grand Haven, suffered minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to North Ottawa Community Hospital.

He was wearing his seatbelt and was proceeding with a green light, police said.

Austin said Warren was involved in a shoplifting incident at Meijer, 15000 U.S. 31, just prior to the crash.

She was fleeing the scene in her 2004 Chrysler Sebring when the crash occurred at the intersection of Comstock Street and 172nd Avenue. Witnesses said she was driving without her headlights on.

Her southbound car entered the intersection and was struck in the driver’s side door by the red pickup truck, which was traveling west on Comstock.

Warren was unconscious and pinned inside her vehicle, Austin said.

She was extricated by Grand Haven Township Fire/Rescue, transported by ambulance to North Ottawa Community Hospital, and immediately transferred by Aero Med helicopter to Spectrum Health.

Austin said police are “currently processing the car and items and working with Meijers in the investigation.”

“Most of the items appear to be loads of clothes,” he said.

The incident remains under investigation.



How's that for Karma? Too soon?


I think you're ok with this one.


I concur.


Guess the Princess thought she was royalty and do what she pleases.


Her majesty hath scarred her carriage.
She will likely bring a suit agains Meijers whose policy to turn in shop lifters caused her to flee with much haste injuring self as her steed was attacked by a Ram.


Humor in the face of adversity; I like it.


Don't know if they still have floor walkers anymore, Doug Rose or Hank would have grabbed you and taken to the office !!

Harry Kovaire

Well this incident isn't going to "help us to create this more welcoming place."

The Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance will no doubt wish to be involved in the investigation.



You can pull your tongue out of your cheek now, sarcasm is a second language to many here.

Harry Kovaire


Sorry, it is my mother tongue.

deuce liti

I would have finished her and then found her family if she would have done this to me and my family.


Get back across that bridge and stay there...btw who in the world names thier kid Princess..


Gail will not be pleased!

Barry Soetoro

Since when has Meijer stocked clothes worth stealing?

I'm sure Princess would like to thank of all us hard working taxpayers who will be footing the bill for her helicopter ride and hospital stay at Spectrum. Speedy recovery to Mr. Richardson.


Right. If she survives, she should be convicted for bad taste in clothes, let alone stealing them.

Seriously, I came upon this scene not too long after it happened - it was horrendous. I hope Princess makes it. A life is a terrible price to pay for ripping off some clothes.


Seriously; Seriously? Lani, we always take you seriously, we don't need to be admonished to do so. Now where did I set my drink; this is a serious situation, I'm sure you get the difference.

Tri-cities realist

I too hope she recovers, learns a lesson and is required to pay back her hospital and heli ride bills, no matter if it takes her entire life. If this isn't a wake up call, nothing will be.

Tri-cities realist

And what's with Sebring's and accidents in this area?


It speaks to the character of the individuals that would drive that particular model; there's no accounting for taste.


i don't feel sorry for her just for the guy she hit. I hope he is alright.Goes to show you better watch what you do,it comes back to bite you in the butt,now the tax payers will probably be footing the bill.


Wonder if the perp had a return slip for the goods?


I wonder if she had auto insurance - I'm sure she has Obamacare, Obamaphone(s), and taxpayer dollars in her probably stolen purse.


Reading these articles helps me understand why more and more people dont want anything to do with the town of Grand Haven because of its racist, arrogant residents.


There is a very good chance that a 59-year old driving a 6-year old truck is just driving on PLPD, which would suck if he is just out of a few thousand dollars, because this waste of life lacks both brains and ethics.
Either way he is being burdened by the stress and the pita of having to find a new ride.
Good Luck Mr. Richardson!


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