Alonzo Martinez, 35, and Michelle Teffeteller, 32, were discovered Friday morning by a passerby.
The two Holland Township residents were taken by ambulance to North Ottawa Community Hospital. Martinez was later airlifted to Spectrum Health Hospital in Grand Rapids in critical condition. Teffeteller remained at the Grand Haven hospital in serious condition, police said.
Doug Ruwe was on his way home from work shortly after 8 a.m. Friday when he noticed something strange as he turned off Ferris Street and onto Ravine View Drive in Grand Haven Township.
“I saw the car in my headlights as I turned the corner,” Ruwe said. “I backed up and shone my brights on it. I rolled down my window and heard someone screaming for help.”
Ruwe said he rushed to his home to get his dad. The two of them went down the drive that crosses the ravine and found the car turned sideways and smashed into a tree.
“The passenger (Teffeteller) was sitting outside on the ground,” Ruwe said. “She said they had been there since 10 p.m.”
The man in the driver’s seat (Martinez) was pinned in the car and not conscious, Ruwe said.
Ruwe said his father had heard a noise Thursday night that sounded "like thunder." He and a couple of neighbors went outside to look, but didn’t see anything.
Another neighbor, Paulette Regenold, said she was outside at about 7 a.m. Friday and heard what she thought was a child screaming or a cat howling.
“I walked out farther and didn’t hear it anymore,” she said Friday. “I wasn’t sure what I heard. I feel so terrible. I could have called (for help) at 7 this morning.”
Sgt. Jason Kik of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department said both crash victims were conscious when they were loaded into ambulances. They were not wearing Halloween costumes, he said, but “alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.”
The crash remains under investigation.