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Police: Texting teen dies in Ottawa County crash

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:40 PM
bvargo@grandhaventribune.com 616-842-6400 ext. 231

The crash occurred at about 10:45 p.m. on 8th Avenue north of Lincoln Street, east of Marne.

Police said 17-year-old Jacob Daniel Freybler was driving his 1996 Oldsmobile Sierra south on 8th Avenue when he crossed the center line and struck a northbound 2014 GMC Terrain SUV.

He was sending and receiving texts at the time of the crash, police said.

Wright-Tallmadge firefighters extricated Freybler from his car, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Sgt. Steve Austin of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.

Paramedics transported the driver of the SUV, 59-year-old Timothy Anderson of Grand Rapids, to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Anderson had some broken bones, but his injuries were not life-threatening, Austin said.

Both drivers wore seatbelts, Austin said. Alcohol and speed were not believed to be factors in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

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