Flies cause two-car crash on M-104

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:37 PM

Both drivers - 36-year-old  Thomas Larson of Whitehall driving a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe and the 30-year-old Grand Haven woman driving the car - suffered injuries that police characterized as non-life-threatening. Emergency workers sent him to Hackley Hospital and took her to North Ottawa Community Hospital.

The driver of the 2005 Chrysler Sebring, Tiffany Ketner, will be ticketed for failure to stop with assured clear distance ahead, as well as other violations police said. They declined to specify what the other violations were.

She told police she was distracted by flies in the car. She swerved, but still hit the rear corner of the SUV. Police said she never braked.

Traffic slowed to a crawl near Power Drive, with only one lane being allowed to pass through as of 9 a.m.

Later in the afternoon, the driver of the car, who didn't give her name, called to say that she was the laughingstock of the community because of the crash. She said it was a serious crash and she is suffering from injuries and now is getting texts from friends saying how funny it is that she was in a crash involving flies.

"There were bees and flies in the car," she said, in part, identifying the flies as horseflies not house flies. "They were in my windshield. ... I'm allergic to bees."

She said that when she was swatting at the bees and flies, there wasn't a vehicle in front of her on the road. That is, until there was. She said she "didn't see the car."


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