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Teen in critical condition after running flashing red light

Becky Vargo • Aug 16, 2016 at 10:21 AM

GEORGETOWN TWP. — A 16-year-old Jenison girl was hospitalized in critical condition after she drove through a flashing red light and her car was struck early Tuesday.

The crash occurred just after midnight at the intersection of 28th Avenue and Baldwin Street in Georgetown Township.

Three other teens in the Jenison girl’s car were also injured. None of their names were released pending family notification, said Sgt. Jay Douglas of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

Alcohol was a factor in the crash, Douglas added.

The driver of the second car — Kaitlin Cota, 23, of Grand Rapids — sought her own treatment at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. She was in good condition and she was wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash, Douglas said.

Police said the 16-year-old Jenison girl was driving a 2006 Dodge Charger north on 28th Avenue when she failed to stop for a flashing red light at the Baldwin Street intersection. She drove into the path of Cota’s eastbound Volkswagen Passat.

The Passat struck the Charger in the driver’s side door. Both vehicles ended up in a yard and the 16-year-old was pinned inside her smashed car.

The driver of the Charger was wearing a seat belt, Douglas said. She was transported to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids in critical condition.

The passengers in the Charger — a 15-year-old and two 17-year-old girls, all of Jenison — were not wearing seat belts, Douglas said. All three were in stable condition at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

The intersection was partially closed for three hours during the investigation.

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