Shape Corp. president hurt in fiery accident

The president of Shape Corp. of Grand Haven and a Muskegon doctor suffered severe injuries in a one-car accident Sunday afternoon on Sternberg Road west of U.S. 31. Tom Devoursney, 52, of Norton Shores was the driver and owner of the car involved in the 1:51 p.m. accident, Shape Corp. Human Relations director Doug Peterson confirmed this morning. His friend, Anthony Wilson, 52, of Muskegon, was the passenger in the car. Both men suffered non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to recover, Peterson said.
Becky Vargo
Sep 19, 2011

“We’re keeping them in our thoughts and prayers,” he said.

The two men were transported to Mercy Health Partners hospital following the accident, said Norton Shores Police Chief Dan Shaw. Devoursney is now being treated at Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids, said Gary VerPlank of Spring Lake, owner of Shape Corp. Devoursney was in critical condition late this morning, a hospital spokesperson said. The spokesperson for Mercy Health Partners Hackley Campus said she was not able to release a condition update on Wilson.

Police said the driver of the rare Ford GT 40 sports car was heading east on Sternberg Road near the G & L restaurant at the time of the crash.

“Based on witness accounts” the car was traveling at a high rate of speed, passed another vehicle then swerved to avoid a westbound car which was turning into a private drive near the restaurant, Shaw said.

The sports car skidded across all five lanes of West Sternberg Road and hit a utility pole, causing the vehicle to break into pieces and catch on fire, Shaw said.

Other drivers in the area were able to get the driver and his passenger out of the car while it burned, the chief said.

“There was a city picnic being held at Ross Park and we could see the smoke from there,” Shaw said.

Underground primary wires attached to the pole were jerked from the ground and caused a power outage in the area, Shaw said. Power was restore between 4 and 5 p.m.

Police did a reconstruction of the accident late Sunday afternoon, he said.

VerPlank said that Devoursney's family requested that he not have visitors at this time.

"We are following very closely and keeping in touch," he said. "It's terrible. It's been a pretty tough day around here."

The accident is still under investigation.

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