GH woman injured in crash with tree

(UPDATED: 3:30 p.m.) A 39-year-old Grand Haven woman was injured when her car hit a tree and flipped over this morning.
Becky Vargo
Nov 19, 2013


Jennifer Duarte was taken by Aero Med helicopter to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids following the crash that occurred just before 8 a.m. on 120th Avenue south of Lincoln Street.

Police said it was the type of injury that caused them to request Aero Med.

Duarte was northbound on 120th Avenue, enroute home from a new third shift job in Holland, when she apparently fell asleep and her Ford Taurus drifted across the southbound lane and off the road.

The rotted tree was knocked down in the crash.

Duarte was pinned inside the vehicle and was extricated by Robinson Township firefighters.

She was placed in an ambulance and taken to a nearby field where she was transferred into the helicopter.

Her condition is unknown at this time, although police said she was talking to emergency workers at the scene.

A hospital official said she was in good condition as of 3:30 p.m.

The crash is still under investigation.

The area was closed to traffic for almost an hour and a half.



"Police said it was the mechanism of injury that caused them to request Aero Med".

Ok, this one goes under the heading "Doublespeak phrase for the day" What praytell does Mechanism of injury mean in English?


It is a term used by EMS. It is the cause of injury. When we can't see inside the body with our eyes and not all injuries are obvious, we need to look at the Mechanism of injury. In this case car vs. Tree. Now inside the car the Steering wheel may have been bent foreward, since that can only be done with the body, you have to assume chest or abdominal injuries. If the femur is broke, you have to assume ruptured artery. That is Mechanism of injury. I think I knew the answer to that before my EMT training.


Thank you - that is useful information to know and makes sense of the story.


Thanks for the info. I'm not sure why they just couldn't say she was put on the copter due to internal injuries (ones you can't see obviously) or something alittle less doublespeak for the average reader. You limit the number of people who understand what you're writing/saying when you use language that only people involved in that line of work would know for sure what it meant.

I caught your little dig there too about knowing the answer BEFORE your EMT training, but unlike you, not everyone has a background that allows for that much double-speak interpretation. That's why I asked....because I wanted a factual answer, not somebody else's, or my own, educated guess.

Anyhow, thanks for the info.

EDIT: just realize that the phrase in question was removed from the article. Why? Instead of removing it, why not try to explain it? Sometimes I wonder if anybody is in charge at that newspaper......


Sorry for the dig LTA, nothing personal.


I can understand being tired after a 3rd shift, but I think and hope that they look to see where her cell phone was at.


That is really a stretch, unless of course she was texting you or someone you know. If this is the case then I think it would be appropriate to inform the investigating office, if it isn't the case...


For one I guarantee they will look at their phone records, not that it is any of our business. For two, it is comments like that (made without thought) that inadvertently cause problems for people. Rumors spread faster than truth. I have seen news reports from scenes that I have been on that were completely wrong because of people talking without all of the information.

On that note, I hope that she is okay.


Double post - Removed


Triple post - WTF


That's happened to me - how do you remove it?


Really??? Try hitting the EDIT button at the bottom of your message. Once you're in edit mode you can clear the text, or change the text, or add to, or subtract from the orignial text.
When that happens to me I've been typing hiccup because more than likely the system had a hiccup and double posted....assuming you didn't hit enter twice.


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