Carol Perrier, who lived not far from the scene, died at North Ottawa Community Hospital following the 9:45 p.m. crash, said Sgt. Brian Buter of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.
Perrier was driving her 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe south on 168th Avenue and lost control of her vehicle, Buter said. The SUV crossed both lanes; hit a mailbox structure and a soft embankment.
“This caused her vehicle to spin 180 degrees,” Buter said. “She was thrown from the vehicle during this.”
She was not wearing a seatbelt, he said.
Emergency personnel attempted to revive Perrier at the scene and at the hospital, but her injuries were fatal, Buter said.
Grand Haven Township Fire/Rescue and North Ottawa Community Hospital paramedics responded to the scene.
Amy Calahan, 12248 168th Ave., said her family was in bed at the time of the crash.
"We heard tires squealing. We heard the crash," she said.
Calahan said her 16-year-old son, John, was the first to arrive on the scene.
"He recognized her as being one of our neighbors," Calahan said.
Her son found the woman lying in the ditch.
"She was unresponsive," Calahan said. Her husband, Gregg, started CPR.
Calahan said her son was staying home from school today because of the traumatic experience.
"Our thoughts and prayers just really go out to that family," she said.
Calahan, and another neighbor who lives across from the Perriers on Pine Dunes Court, both said the SUV was a new car to Carol Perrier.
Police were on the scene this morning taking measurements as part of the crash investigation.
Ottawa County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Steve Austin said the vehicle went off the west side of the road and the driver overcorrected. The vehicle then slid sideways across the road, hit the sign post and spun around. Perrier was ejected and hit by the vehicle when it hit, then rolled off the embankment.
Austin said there was some evidence of alcohol use, but it is unknown at this time if it was a factor in the crash.
The crash remains under investigation.