Two hurt in head-on crash in Spring Lake Township

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:35 PM

Two drivers suffered injuries in the crash that occurred just after 8 a.m. on Beach Street near Franklin.

The at-fault driver, a 44-year-old Spring Lake man whose name has not been released, hit some mailboxes on Lake Avenue with  his 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass before maneuvering around the curve and hitting a Land Cruiser approaching him on Beach Street, said Sgt. Jon Wollfis of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

Dave Coffey was jogging down the hill when the crash occurred right in front of him.

“The black car passed me at kind of a regular speed,” the Spring Lake man said. “The white car came around the corner and was picking up speed and veered into her. He went right at her.”

Coffey said the cars collided and ricocheted to the opposite sides of the road.

Coffey and some of the neighbors ran up to the man’s car.

“He was unresponsive when we got to him,” Coffey said.

The man did come around and was responding to questions directed at him by one of the deputies, Coffee said.

The man was taken by North Ottawa Community Hospital ambulance to Hackley Hospital in Muskegon.

Dave Spear was sitting at his dining room table, looking out across Beach Street to Spring Lake.

“I took a sip of coffee and bam, that’s when it happened,” Spear said. “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. He just drifted over.”

Michelle Dewey of Spring Lake was just coming over the hill, following the Land Cruiser, when she saw the collision.

She went to the aid of that driver and said the woman told her the man in the car that hit her slumped over the wheel before the car sped up and drifted into her path.

Mary Thornsen, 47, of Spring Lake Township, suffered minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to North Ottawa Community Hospital. She was treated and released, a hospital spokesperson said.

Coffey shook his head as he watched emergency personnel work the scene.

“And the idea if she hadn’t hit him, he could have hit me,” he said. “I’m going to stick to the bike path from now on."

The crash is still under investigation.

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