7 hurt when SUV pulls in front of police car

Tribune Staff • Nov 15, 2015 at 10:30 AM

ROBINSON TWP. — Seven people were injured when a Chevrolet Blazer drove into the path of an Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department patrol car Saturday night.

The crash occurred shortly before 8 p.m. at the intersection of M-45 and 104th Avenue in Robinson Township.

A 16-year-old girl was pinned in the SUV for a short time before being extricated by Robinson Township firefighters. She was then transported by the Aero Med ambulance helicopter to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Ottawa County Undersheriff Steve Kempker said.

The rest of the Blazer’s occupants — two other 16-year-olds and the driver, 18-year-old Keagan Lehman of Zeeland — were transported to local hospitals after the crash and were all in good condition, Kempker said.

The SUV was northbound on 104th Avenue, stopped at the stop sign at M-45, and then proceeded across the highway into the path of the police car.

Deputy Adam Hill was driving west on M-45 and heading to the Ottawa County Jail with a 28-year-old Grand Rapids man who had just been arrested. Also in the patrol car was Deputy Andrew Riley. All three were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries, police said.

The crash investigation has been turned over to the Michigan State Police because of the involvement of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department deputies and patrol car, Kempker said.

Lake Michigan Drive at 104th Avenue was closed to traffic after the crash for several hours Saturday night as crews cleaned up the crash, WZZM-TV reported.

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