Three hurt in U.S./Hayes Street crash

Three people were injured in a two-car crash Friday night on U.S. 31 at Hayes Street.
Becky Vargo
Apr 22, 2013


Thomas Grinwis, 61, of Shelby, and his front-seat passenger, River Ollis, 13, of Pullman, were taken by ambulance to North Ottawa Community Hospital following the 10:38 p.m. crash, said Sgt. Steve Austin of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

They were treated for their injuries and released, a hospital spokesperson said.

A backseat passenger, Anne Coulier, 45, of Shelby, sought her own treatment for minor injuries.

Grinwis was northbound on U.S. 31 in a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier, when he re-ended another vehicle stopped for a red light, Austin said.

The driver of the other vehicle, Eric Vanvalkenburg, 41, of Muskegon, was not injured.

All of the occupants in the two cars were wearing seatbelts.



better re-evaluate stop lights...seems like a lot of accidents happen at them.


Honestly, as someone who takes care of the RR crossings there, I will say the yellows seem to be quite short for the road speed. I have been approaching them at the speed limit many times, and have had to practically slam on the brakes when the light turns yellow to stop when the light is red. There are always cops watching those lights as well, so you don't dare try to beat the yellow.

I am not sure how MDOT determines the timing on them, but they do seem like very short yellow for the conditions.

My other complaint is the left turn arrow over in GR at Alpine and Henze Dr (where Sonic is). Seriously? A left arrow that even in peak times is literally three seconds long??? You can get one, maybe two cars through on the green. If the person in front of you is not paying attention, you may sit for several light cycles.


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