Driver unhurt in rollover crash

A Nunica woman escaped injury when her sport utility vehicle rolled and landed in the woods late Wednesday morning on Leonard Road.
Becky Vargo
Mar 21, 2012


Laurie Kowalski said she was upset when she was driving into Grand Haven to meet her husband for an appointment. She had recently lost her full-time job and had just found out that her temporary job was finished. She had also just learned that a friend had terminal cancer.

“I was preoccupied,” Kowalski said.

Kowalski was heading west on Leonard Road just before 11 a.m. when the wheels of her Jeep Liberty went off the road and she lost control of the SUV. The car went down into a ditch, hit the rise of a driveway and started rolling.

“I just hung on for dear life,” she said. “I can’t believe I’m not hurt.”

Kowalski said she was wearing her seatbelt when the vehicle rolled at least two, and maybe three, times.

The car lost its back axle in the process, but landed upright in a patch of scrub on the north side of the road.

A second crash occurred in the same area when a woman in a small SUV slowed down for emergency vehicles and was rear-ended by a larger SUV. Nobody was injured in that accident.



Almost one week after my accident, above, I received a safety recall letter from Chrysler stating that the rear suspension lower control arms in the 2004 & 2005 Jeep Liberty were corroding and breaking which would cause the driver to lose control and would cause an accident. I went to look at what was left my my Jeep, and the lower control arms were VERY corroded and that is exactly where the rear axle tore apart from the vehicle. As you can see in the photo above, the rear axle came off completely, and landed several yards before I did. Just wanted to post this for anyone else who may own a Jeep Liberty made in 2004 or 2005. Please get this checked out. Chrysler will pay to fix it and belive me, it's worth having it fixed!
Laurie Kowalski


SUV rollover troubles have been mostly addressed by brand new technology and designs, but it can still happen. If you carry an excessive amount of cargo, neglect fundamental tire and brake upkeep and drive hazardously, it can happen. Do these things and avoid trouble. You can get bad credit, car financing if you want a new car with more safety for you.


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