Capt. Steve Kempker of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department released the names of the victims late Friday night. He said Robert George Schmidt, 88, and Erika Victoria Schmidt, 87, were both pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by the county medical examiner.
Police said the Schmidts were westbound on Apple Drive in a Honda CRV at about 1 p.m. Friday. The husband was driving the SUV when he lost control of the vehicle in the slush in the middle of the road and drove into the path of an oncoming pickup truck.
The driver of the pickup truck — Paul Whiteman, 61, of Muskegon — was taken by ambulance to Hackley Hospital in Muskegon with minor injuries, police said.
The roadway's surface was wet and snowy at the time of the crash. The truck hit the Honda nearly head-on.
Rescuers initially asked for the AeroMed ambulance helicopter, but were informed by dispatchers that it could not fly at that time.
For more details, see Saturday's Tribune.