Three injured in afternoon crash

(UPDATED 3:25 p.m. - Full Story) Ambulances took three people to the hospital following a two-car collision at the intersection of Comstock Street and 168th Avenue early Tuesday afternoon.
Becky Vargo
Nov 19, 2013

Police said all of the injuries in the 1:40 p.m. crash were minor.

Dwayne Evans, 52, of Muskegon was eastbound Comstock, in the center turn lane.

When the light turned green, he proceeded to turn his Toyota Camry north into the path of a westbound Dodge Durango.

The Durango ended up in a field northwest of the intersection. Evan’s car spun around and landed on the southwest side of the road, partway down into the ditch.

Evans claimed the Durango wasn’t there when he started to turn, that the vehicle came up fast.

He and his passenger, Willard Moody, 44, of Muskegon, were eventually placed on backboards and taken to the hospital.

The driver of the Durango, Gladys McCombs of Grand Haven, said she was slowing for the red light when it changed to green.

“I started speeding up and the car from the other direction started turning,” McCombs said. “I slammed on my brakes.”

McCombs was not injured.

Her 19-year-old passenger, her niece, Rebecca Gould of Grand Haven, suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital.

Police said Evans would be ticketed for failure to yield.

Emergency personnel at the scene included the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety, Grand Haven Township Fire Rescue, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department and North Ottawa Community Hospital ambulance.

Comments

GH55

So, the light turned green for both ways at the same time? Hmmmm!
This seems to be one of those deals where somebody is not telling the truth.
We have an officer that is almost constantly on patrol in the black Sheriff traffic car in this general area. It would be nice if some emphasis were placed on conformance to traffic signals. We have overlaps on almost all of the lights in this area, and it is illegal to enter an intersection once the light turns YELLOW, so why is it you see people still blasting through after the light has turned green for the alternate direction. This is just blatant disregard for these signals.
I was always taught, and try to conform to, if you did not see it turn green for you, you should drive like it is going to change at any moment, so be prepared to stop, not hammer down and hope you don't get caught. Getting caught can mean two things, by the officer or by the car that pulled out quickly when his way turned green.
I see this everyday! This has become much worse in the last several years.
Put up the light cameras! The only ones that shoudl be afraid of them are the ones that will get caught.

LessThanAmused

Better read this part again bud....

"Dwayne Evans, 52, of Muskegon was eastbound Comstock, in the center turn lane.
When the light turned green, he proceeded to turn his Toyota Camry north into the path of a westbound Dodge Durango".

Because one was going East and the other West, they BOTH had a green light. The gentleman who was turning left was in error by pulling out to make his left turn when there was traffic coming West that had the right of way. He should've waited until the West bound lane was clear before making his turn.

So yeah, somebody screwed up and they both had a green light for go.

GH55

Whoops, you are right! Didn't read it right! Would have been easier and shorter to say the vehicle turned left in front of on-coming traffic.

LessThanAmused

Yup, but they've probably got a word quota to meet for these piercing, newsworthy articles.

Post a Comment

Log in to your account to post comments here and on other stories, galleries and polls. Share your thoughts and reply to comments posted by others. Don't have an account on GrandHavenTribune.com? Create a new account today to get started.