SL Twp. woman arrested after crashing car into tree

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 10:59 AM

The passenger — Elizabeth Kranz, 21 — was taken by ambulance to the hospital with minor injuries “to be checked out,” Garvelink said. She was treated and released the same day, a hospital spokesperson said.

Both women are Spring Lake Township residents and were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, Garvelink said.

Emergency crews were called to the scene of a “car versus tree” accident, with the car on fire, about 6 p.m.

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Several neighbors who heard the crash and ran to the scene said they could hear the car, a dark blue Saturn, skidding back and forth on the road prior to the crash.

“It sounded like an airplane, just a real loud roar,” Doug Recker said. “All of a sudden, we heard this crash when they hit the tree.”

Another neighbor, Bill Lengkeek, said he saw the Saturn “go by my house at about 70 mph. You know they weren’t going to make the curve,” he said.

Off-duty Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Anderson said he was driving through the area when he saw the vehicle go off the road as it turned the corner onto Hickory Street.

“I saw them skid out on Fruitport Road trying to make the turn,” Anderson said. “I turned around and got here, and they were in the ditch.”

At that point, the car was on fire — so Anderson and one of the neighbors, Mike Glomb, pulled the girls out of the nearly upside-down vehicle through a window. Another off-duty police officer who was in the area, Lt. Joe Boyle of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety, assisted with treating the injured girl.

Glomb said he and his wife, Bonnie, were sitting on their deck when they heard the skid and a loud bang. Bonnie grabbed the phone to call 911 as Mike ran down the road to help.

Once they pulled the girls out of the car into a nearby yard, Anderson took one of the extinguishers brought to the scene by neighbors and put out the fire, Glomb said.

Prior to the accident, Garvelink said the car had been traveling north on Fruitport Road, then turned right onto Hickory. The car skidded off the road to the right and struck a tree, then rolled over, possibly a couple of times, into a deep ditch, he said.

The airbags did deploy and the passenger compartment remained intact, according to Spring Lake Township firefighters who assisted at the scene.

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