GH woman hurt in crash with dump truck

(UPDATED: Friday at 10:30 a.m.) A 19-year-old Grand Haven woman was injured when she pulled in front of a dump truck this morning on Lincoln Street at 128th Avenue.
Becky Vargo
Apr 26, 2013

 

Witnesses helped her out of her smoking vehicle before it became fully involved in fire.

Daniela Mar-Lozano suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the 8:20 a.m. crash, said Sgt. Jason Kik of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

Mar-Lozano was southbound on 128th Avenue, stopped at the stop sign then proceeded into the path of a dump truck driven by Bob Molenkamp.

Kik said a semi-tractor trailer that had been westbound and turned onto 128th Avenue distracted the woman.

Nick Verburg of Robinson Township said he was driving behind the SUV at the time of the crash.

“She kind of spun around a couple of times,” he said.

“She was stuck in there and it was on fire, so we got her out of the back hatch,” Verburg said. “She crawled out.”

Molenkamp said he saw the SUV hesitate at the stop sign, then proceed into his path.

“She was right there,” he said. “You think they are going to stop. They give a little jump like they were going to go. This time they went.”

The dump truck driver from Schmidt Excavating of Grand Haven said a bunch of people stopped and helped.

Kik was the first officer on the scene.

“I went through three extinguishers and wasn’t able to get the fire out,” he said.

The fire was extinguished by Robinson and Grand Haven Township firefighters.

Mar-Lozano was taken by ambulance to North Ottawa Community Hospital.

Verburg said she had some cuts on her face and leg, but was able to walk away from the crash.

Molenkamp was not injured.

Kik said Mar-Lozano was being considered the at-fault driver, but he did not know if she would be ticketed.

The crash is still under investigation, he said.

Comments

Alan9074

Glad she's ok, could have been a lot worse, that's for sure. Any idea if she was talking on a cell phone at the time?

justsayin'

Glad no one was seriously hurt. That being said... Under the assumption that This driver is only a "seasonal" resident of the township... from past experience, I know that the majority of these drivers do not know Michigan's laws (stopping for busses with red lights on) and/or do not know the roads out here. Please be safe, slow down and pay attention!!!

tartarus12

I see this situation all the time and it scares the hell out of me. When I am in the place of the dump truck I always assume that once the driver at the stop sign loses sight of me, they have forgotten about me. Drivers are too distracted and as soon as they no longer see you, you cease to exist.

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