Two injured in crash

(UPDATED: Sunday 11 a.m.) Police say they suspect alcohol played a factor in the one-car crash that sent two people to the hospital late Saturday evening.
Becky Vargo
Apr 7, 2013


A pickup truck careened off Mercury Drive at the Millhouse Bayou Bridge just after 10 p.m. Saturday.

Witnesses said the driver, a 43-year-old Grand Haven Township man, was more seriously injured than the 43-year-old female passenger. Emergency personnel rushed them both to the hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries, according to Sgt. Chris Koster of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department. They were reported in stable condition this morning at North Ottawa Community Hospital. They were both wearing seatbelts.

Police said the driver, whose name was not being released pending the investigation, was operating his 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck southeast on Mercury Drive when he lost control and hit the bridge guardrail on the west side. The vehicle went across the road, struck and went over the other guardrail and flipped over down the hill, landing on its wheels in a swampy area near the Grand River.

Tow trucks from Lakeside and Tri-Cities Towing were used to stabilize, and then slowly drag the vehicle through the brush and back onto the road as a small crowd watched from the bike path, as a light rain fell.

This was the second crash on Mercury Drive in one day. Spencer McGregor, 18, was killed in a one-car crash early Saturday morning on Mercury Drive near Ammeraal Street. That story is HERE.





Two very serious accidents within 24 hours. Luckily no other drivers or pedestrians were involved, which is a miracle with the bike path on a heavily used road. Perhaps officials should start rethinking the speed limit. Speeding & tailgating is a huge problem.


I hope the 18 year old was not a drinking and driving tragedy. At 5:15 a.m. he may not have been thinking about speed limits.
The 2nd accident had nothing at all to do with speed limits because alcohol was involved, if the man was stupid enough to drive drunk he is not going to look at the speed limit. He might tailgate & kill someone else, but he won't care about the speed limit. Drinking & driving is the problem in this second accident. That is a huge problem.


Dear Flipside,REALLY pedestrians @ 5:15am and 10:00 pm. on a saturday.Not so "heavily used" at those times.Speed limit is fine, drunk people usually don't follow the speed limit, regardless.
Dear cantthinkofaname: The 18 yr old was not thinking of the speed limit because he, too,was intoxicated, and traveling at near 100 mph. Drinking and driving are the problem in both cases,which leads to high speeds and slow reactions. Let's hope we all learn from both these case. I'm sure we all know people that we love and care about that could learn a lesson and hopefully save their lives and others, by these two horriable accidents.


Where has information been released of alcohol or speed with the 18yr old? While you can assume that maybe you should wait til officials release more information instead of getting involved in hearsay. Unless you were there you don't know.

Cmon Man

Check out Facebook where you will see him holding a Jaegermeister bottle six hours before the crash.....not too difficult to put two and two together!


That picture was taken over a year ago I guess it is difficult to put two and two together when you dont have all the facts or know the people !!!


Someone died and some hurt here. There are some grieving family members and friends. Be careful what you post about the situation. Show a little compassion for those around this situation.


once again i will say, need more police patrol on the long strech of mercury drive, but they say there is not enough funds, i lived on mercury drice for 5 years and very glad i moved, could not put up with the car speeding and the noise, we also lost a friend some years ago due to bar hopping and leaving town east on mercury, they hit a tree at 100 miles ahour, killed all four, when is it going to end


The only problem I see here is that the individuals involved in any of theses accidents weren't thinking about anyone else at the time. There isn't anything you can do to change the actions of people, they will do what they want when they want unless we just lock everybody up and throw away the keys. You cannot control a thought process for a person, no matter how well you think you know them. I feel sorry for the family of the young man that passed away but you just can't change what happened. Changing the laws because of a few will not change how others act. Just like all the hoopla about gun control, if someone is set on going out on a rampage they will find a way. What next, outlaw dresser drawers because a man decided to beat his wife with one? Really? What about knives, hammers or boating? They all kill. Soon all of our rights will be taken from us and then what?


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