Brookie Rae Boyer, 69, died at the scene of the 7:13 p.m. crash on M-45, just west of 104th Avenue, said Sgt. Steve Austin of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.
Despite social media comments that said the woman had been driving east in the westbound lane for several miles, causing other motorists to have to swerve out of her way, Austin said he was aware of only one call to Ottawa County Central Dispatch on that scenario, and they couldn’t be sure it was the same car.
Austin said it also was unknown whether or not Boyer was experiencing a medical problem prior to the crash.
A spokeswoman for the Ottawa County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed that Boyer “was an Ottawa County case,” and that an investigator was working with her family. She could not say whether or not an autopsy was being done, but the family was working on setting up arrangements with a funeral home.
Police said Boyer was eastbound when her 2004 Chevrolet Malibu crossed the center line and was struck by a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Stephen Molitor of Grand Haven. Molitor, 24, could not avoid the vehicle coming into his lane and they hit nearly head-on, Austin said.
Molitor's SUV stayed on the roadway after the collision, while Boyer's Malibu went off the road, through some mailboxes and onto a snow bank.
Robinson Township firefighters extricated the woman’s body from the car once police completed their preliminary investigation.
Molitor suffered bumps and bruises, and was treated by paramedics at the scene, Austin said.
The two drivers were the only occupants of their vehicles and they were both wearing seat belts, police said.
The roads were “clear and dry of any ice and snow,” at the time, Austin said.
“Alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash,” he added.