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Texting driver runs red light in M-45 crash

Becky Vargo • Aug 14, 2018 at 3:55 PM

ROBINSON TWP. — A texting driver ran a red light Monday night, causing a crash in which the other driver was ejected and his car struck a building.

Amazingly enough, neither driver was seriously injured, said Sgt. Mike Vandenbosch of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Emergency crews responded to the crash at the intersection of Lake Michigan Drive (M-45) and 120th Avenue in Robinson Township shortly after 10:30 p.m., only to find the man who was ejected up and walking around, Vandenbosch said.

Jacobus Boot, 20, of Fennville was driving north on 120th with the green light when his 2006 Mazda 3 was struck in the intersection by a 2011 Ford Transit Van. The collision forced both vehicles onto the BP gas station property on the northwest side of the intersection, Vandenbosch said.

Jason Woodie, 41, of Prairie Grove, Arizona, was texting as he drove his van west on Lake Michigan Drive and did not see the light turn to red, Vandenbosch said. 

Boot was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from his car through the windshield, the sergeant said. The car continued on and struck the gas station building. Vandenbosch said there was some damage to the building, but he did not have information as to what extent.

Boot suffered minor injuries and an ambulance transported him to Holland Hospital for treatment.

The van overturned in the collision, but Woodie also suffered only minor injuries, Vandenbosch said. An ambulance transported Woodie to North Ottawa Community Hospital.

Woodie was ticketed for disregarding a red light and for texting while driving, Vandenbosch said.

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