SL woman injured in mo-ped crash

Paramedics transported a Spring Lake woman to the hospital after she dumped her mo-ped Sunday night on West Spring Lake Road near the Smith's Bayou Bridge.
Becky Vargo
Sep 1, 2013


Friends said Jen Jones, a Spring Lake Township resident, was driving a mo-ped to her brother's house.

They followed some distance behind and came upon her mo-ped in the road on a curve near Reenders Street at about 9:50 p.m.

They found the unconscious woman in the grass nearby, they said.

Spring Lake/Ferrysburg police said the woman was headed into town when she apparently lost control of the mo-ped, scraped along the curb and dumped the bike.

No other vehicles were involved, police said.

Jones regained consciousness and talked to emergency personnel before being taking by ambulance to North Ottawa Community Hospital as a precautionary measure, police said.

The mo-ped was impounded.

Police said alcohol was a factor in the crash and that the woman would likely be ticketed.



Glad she is OK! I have seen so young mo-ped/scooter riders, both boys and girls, riding with only shorts, tank top shirts and flip flops. Some riders have not completed drivers education. Also parents, please have your children wear a helmet while riding on the streets and highway!! I'm very surprised that there aren't more accidents involving mopeds/scooters in the Tri-Cities area.


I'm pretty sure the article is about a drunk adult, not a young child or teenager.


Forst of all, there is no such thing as a "mo-ped." It's "moped." Secondly, it was likely a scooter, much like previous articles in which the Tribune incorrectly identified the type of vehicle. A moped has pedals like a bicycle, a scooter does not.

Mark Brooky

We use a hyphen per AP style to distinguish a mo-ped vehicle from moped, as in "The depressed girl moped around the house all day."


(noun) a motorized bicycle that has pedals in addition to a low-powered gasoline engine designed for low-speed operation.


mope, moped

verb (used without object)

to be sunk in dejection or listless apathy; sulk; brood.



Beyond what Mr. Brooky stated, the broadening in meaning of a word is a characteristic of most languages:

There are more examples of narrowing than of broadening but there are hundreds, maybe thousands of them in the English language. This one just happens to be occurring during our lifetimes.


Shouldn't some weight put on common usage? Do a Google search for mo-ped, and it will automatically change your search term to moped. Because no one uses mo-ped.


Did you know there are over 13,000 homeless people living in West Michigan?


Your post is off-topic, and your sub-ordinate clause didn't start with "that", which I would have pre-ferred.


And ineffective as well, as apparently time and energy continues to be spent on grammar rather than on the truly important issues of the day, although I'm not suggesting that grammar is unimportant, but my point being is that the spelling of mo-ped/moped should perhaps be considered a lesser priority than the fact someone was injured while driving one, or that there are 13,000 homeless people in West Michigan.

Have fun correcting that one!


Nice sentence, although a little short. So basically it was a two wheeled motorized vehicle less than a motorcycle, why didn't they just say so instead of complicating the issue.

Did you know that the tree whacking Dr. is opening up another practice in Spring Lake; taking over for Dr. Garrison.


Sorry about her bad luck being transported to NOCH. Anywhere but NOCH especially if you DO NOT have health insurance. If it would of been me I would of refused to go there and asked if I could just go home and tough it out. Word to the wise here; wear a helmet while riding anything with 2 wheels motorized or not motorized. Only an IDIOT rides a 2 wheel vehicle without a helmet.


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