Man almost home from Florida falls asleep at wheel, crashes

Becky Vargo • Apr 8, 2018 at 7:01 PM

JAMESTOWN TWP. — An 80-year-old Byron Center man suffered minor injuries in a crash Sunday morning on Byron Road west of 24th Avenue.

Allan Hielema was on his way home from Florida at the time of the 8:23 a.m. crash, according to Sgt. Dean DeVries of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said Hielema was just a couple of miles from home when he fell asleep at the wheel. His car went off the south side of the road and crashed into a group of trees.

An ambulance transported him to Metro Hospital in Grand Rapids.

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