Holland man dies in crash; driver sent to jail

Tribune Staff • Apr 3, 2018 at 10:23 AM

HOLLAND TWP. — A 43-year-old Holland man is dead and a 49-year-old Holland man is in jail following a two-vehicle crash late Monday afternoon.

Chieu Tran died at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids following the 5:47 p.m. crash, according to Sgt. Eric Westveer of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

An ambulance transported Tran to Zeeland Community Hospital. He was transferred to Butterworth in critical condition and died while in surgery.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Quincy Street and 104th Avenue in Holland Township.

Police said the driver of the at-fault vehicle attempted to walk away from the crash as first responders arrived on the scene. Deputies found Minh Hua, 49, walking south and took him into custody without incident, said Capt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Hua was injured, Westveer said, and treated at Zeeland Community Hospital before being lodged in the Ottawa County Jail on Monday night.

Hua was arraigned Tuesday in Ottawa County District Court in Holland on two felony charges — operating a vehicle without a license and failing to stop and render aid at the scene of an accident causing death — both punishable by up to 15 years in prison, Bennett said. Hua was returned to jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

Police said Hua was driving a 2007 Ford Taurus north on 104th Avenue and failed to stop for the stop sign at Quincy Street. That’s where his car was struck in the passenger side by a 2007 Chevrolet Express Cargo van.

Tran was the front-seat passenger in the Taurus. He was wearing a seat belt, Westveer said.

The driver of the cargo van, 20-year-old Mary Duren of Hamilton, and her passenger, 48-year-old Steven Amick of Holland, both suffered minor injuries and sought their own treatment, Westveer said.

Drug and alcohol use was not believed to be a factor in the crash, Westveer said. The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.

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