Woman escapes serious injury in SLT accident

(UPDATED: 8/20/12 at 11:45 a.m.) A Spring Lake woman escaped serious injury when her car struck the back of a truck parked on 144th Avenue north of Leonard Road late Friday afternoon.
Becky Vargo
Aug 20, 2012


Her car was heavily damaged, but 23-year-old Stephanie Kieft got out of her car on her own. She was later put on a backboard and taken by ambulance to North Ottawa Community Hospital.

Hospital officials said she was treated for her injuries and released.

Harold Taylor, 39, of Grand Rapids, said there was no traffic in sight when he stopped his truck partially off the roadway, across the street from the vegetable stand in front of 16140 144th Ave.

“I figured it was safe,” he said.

He got out of the truck to check a tire while his passenger was going to get some tomatoes, Taylor said.

“She come out of nowhere,” Taylor said.

The front passenger side of Kieft’s car struck the back driver’s side bumper of the truck. The car went slightly under the truck and swung around, ripping off the passenger roof area.

The crash pushed the truck forward 10-to-15 feet.

Taylor, who was standing on the passenger side of the truck, wasn’t injured.

He said he went to try to help the woman, but she told him she was OK and got out of the car on her own.

Kieft was the only person in her car.

The accident is still under investigation, but the truck driver was ticketed for improper parking, said Sgt. Matt Wildfong of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.


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