Crash claims life of a Marine from West Michigan

A 22-year-old Marine who recently returned from Afghanistan was killed after losing control of his car and striking a tree in Allegan County. Police told WOOD-TV that Gregory Courtney's Chevy Camaro was traveling about 120 mph just before the 5 a.m. Friday crash in Trowbridge Township. The Kalamazoo Gazette reported that alcohol also is believed to be a factor in the crash, about 30 miles southwest of Grand Rapids. Courtney was thrown from the car, which crashed less than a half-mile from his father's home.
AP Wire
Sep 17, 2011


WOOD-TV reported that Courtney was ticketed four times for speeding over the past year. Three tickets came since June.

Friend Sam Wallace said the Camaro was Courtney’s “pride and joy.”

Courtney was a member of Allegan High School’s wrestling team in 2007.


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