Wild ride off curve lands woman inside garage

Becky Vargo • Apr 17, 2016 at 8:49 PM

ROBINSON TWP. — A wild ride off a curve landed a woman inside a stranger’s garage, but missed a car and a quad inside it.

Nobody was injured, but police say alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Jeff and Carmen Reynolds were working in their yard when the familiar squeal of tires got their attention just before 6 p.m. Sunday.

“I could hear it starting to squeal,” said Carmen, who was raking her front yard. “Then her wheels went sideways and in she went into the front yard. You hear that squeal and you know what’s happening. I took a step back.”

The Reynolds live on a curve on Green Street just east of 138th Avenue.

At about 5:45 p.m., a woman in a maroon 1999 Grand Am came around the curve, lost control and went off the road into the Reynolds’ yard, just across the driveway from where Carmen was raking.

“Her car was sliding sideways,” Carmen said. “She barreled all the way.”

The woman managed to get the car to turn enough to miss hitting a large tree, but went right through the door of the neighbor’s detached garage, only to be stopped by a cement platform with a woodstove on it.

Carmen said the woman then backed up and hit the supporting wall between the two garage doors, before Carmen yelled at her to stop.

The woman said she was not injured, but was checked by paramedics at the scene, then was handcuffed and placed into an Ottawa County Sheriff’s car.

The 19-year-old Holland resident was taken to the Ottawa County Jail pending arraignment on related charges, said Sgt. J. Douglas.

The incident remains under investigation.

Jeff Reynolds said crashes happen on this curve all of the time.

In the 13 years they have lived there, they’ve lost 15 pine trees, he said.

“I stock grass seed in my shed because it happens so much,” Jeff said.

The resident said he has asked officials to place more signs before the curve, as well as to put more gravel to make it so there is not an edge there.

“They just put gravel down,” he said, pointing to the edge of the road, where the road lifted a good inch above the gravel.

Jeff said he was told by traffic engineers that not enough accidents were reported at the curve for them to take action.

“You can probably take the number of reported accidents and double it to get the real total,” he said.

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