One ejected in U.S. 31 crash

(UPDATED: Wednesday 4:50 p.m.) A Grand Haven woman was seriously injured after being ejected from her car in a crash early Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 31 at Comstock Street.
Becky Vargo
Mar 5, 2014


Officials said Ellen Eddleman, 54, was transported by ambulance to North Ottawa Communty Hospital following the 12:20 p.m. crash. She was immediately transferred by Aeromed to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, where she was reported in serious condition late Wednesday afternoon.

Police said Kyle Locklear, 28, of St. Joseph, was northbound on U.S. 31 in his 2012 Chevy Equinox, with the right-of-way, when Eddleman crossed the northbound lanes in front of him.

Witnesses said the Nissan was southbound on U.S. 31, and stopped at the red light in the left turn lane before proceeding into the path of the northbound car, said Sgt. Jon Wolffis of the Ottawa County Sheriffs Department.

The Equinox slammed into the front passenger door of the 2004 Nissan Murano and the Eddleman ejected through the passenger window.

Police said she was not wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the Equinox was not injured. He declined to comment about the crash because he was on duty in military uniform and said he was not allowed to speak to the media.

Northbound traffic was slowed to one lane for about half an hour while officials policed the crash.

Wolffis said neither speed nor alcohol were factors in the crash.

Also responding to the scene were Grand Haven Township Fire and Rescue and Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.


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I hope this lady is ok. This light has been confusing for a lot of people with the flashing yellow light. It seems to be common sense that you don't go if the traffic isn't clear but common sense isn't so common now days. I brought this up a couple years back when I witnessed an accident eerily similar to this one. Change that light to a flashing red or a solid red with a smart signal.

Vast Right Wing...

"Flashing Yellow" is confusing?

Go back to your driver's education and everyone should have learned that you yield on a flashing yellow. Its that people are too impatient and her inability to drive within the law endangered those who had the right of way along with herself.

Add in that she was probably not wearing her seat belt and you can see a pattern of not following the rules.


Read again. I know perfectly well what it means, but obviously some people don't. You don't need to be all defensive about it. I agree with you but some people are Stupid and you can't fix that unless you just remove the warning labels from everything.


I feel a $50 to $100,000 study is in order!!!


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