Child escapes serious injury after being struck on U.S. 31

A 7-year-old Grand Haven boy was hit by a car on U.S. 31 at Grant Street late Friday morning, but he escaped serious injury.
Becky Vargo
Jun 15, 2012


Charlie Glamzi ended up with only a scraped knee, according to his much-relieved father, Jeff Glamzi.

Jeff and Charlie were on bikes, and Glamzi’s daughter — Karoline, 9 — was walking behind them. Charlie got across the first lane of the highway and was into the second lane when he was hit.

“We were westbound, just going home from getting him a haircut,” Jeff Glamzi said. “The walk light turned on for us. I told him it was clear, and it was clear for a while. Then (the car) ran the red light.”

Jeff Glamzi said the driver saw Charlie and slowed almost to a stop before hitting the boy.

“He jumped a little when she hit him, so he didn’t get pinched between the car and the bike at all,” Jeff said.

Sgt. Jim Albright of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety said the woman driver of the car was able to stop in the crosswalk and just pushed the boy over.

“Fortunately, the young man had a helmet on,” Albright added.

The car was driven by a 45-year-old Wyoming woman. She was traveling north on U.S. 31 and claimed she saw a truck go through and didn’t see the red light, Albright said. She was ticketed for running the red light.

Charlie said he was “all right,” and wasn’t really scared by the incident.

The family continued on their way after being cleared by paramedics and police.


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