Ravenna area man killed in rollover crash on U.S. 31

Becky Vargo • Dec 29, 2018 at 10:31 PM

PORT SHELDON TWP. — A Ravenna-area man died in a one-car rollover crash shortly after a freezing rain started coating roads in West Michigan Saturday evening.

Steven Geldersma, 44, died in the crash that occurred on U.S. 31 south of Fillmore Street shortly after 6:30 p.m., according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said that Geldersma was driving a 2000 Jeep Cherokee north on the highway when he lost control on the icy road. The Jeep left the road and overturned in the median. Geldersma was not wearing a seatbelt, police said.

A passenger in the vehicle suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

The highway in the area was closed for almost two hours while emergency crews worked the scene.

Police, firefighters and paramedics had already been responding to crashes since the roads turned slick around 6 p.m.

Crashes and numerous slide-offs were reported on I-96 near Nunica, as well as on Lincoln Street in Robinson Township and at Ferris and 31 in Grand Haven Township.

People reported on social media that many vehicles were also off the road north of Grand Haven on U.S. 31.

According to the National Weather Service, a thin coating of snow and ice will be possible on untreated roads after the freezing drizzle and light snow from Saturday evening. There will be slick spots until sunshine and warmer temperatures arrive Sunday.

A storm system New Years Eve and New Years Day will bring a mix of rain and snow to the area.

A high temperature of 39 degrees is predicted for Sunday. with winds in the 17-22 mph range, gusting up to 30 mph.

A mix of rain and snow is expected Monday afternoon and evening, with a high temperature of 37 degrees.

There’s a 40 percent chance of snow on New Year’s Day with a high in the low 30s.

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