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4 hurt in early morning crash on M-45

Becky Vargo • Jan 6, 2019 at 3:44 PM

TALLMADGE TWP. — Four young men were injured, at least one seriously, in a single car crash early Sunday morning on M-45.

Police said the driver believed he fell asleep prior to the 2:07 a.m. crash in the 1800 block of Lake Michigan Drive (M-45).

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, said Sgt. J. Douglas.

Speed did contribute to the crash, he said.

Kaheem Yancey, 19, Grand Junction, was driving a 2007 Toyota Rav-4 west on the two-lane highway, when he may have fallen asleep, Douglas said.

The vehicle crossed the eastbound lane and hit the ditch, several small trees and a small utility pole before coming to rest against a large utility pole.

Yancey was treated at the scene for minor injuries and was released, Douglas said. He was wearing a seatbelt.

The front seat passenger, Gavin Meyer, 17, of Grand Junction, suffered minor injuries and was in good condition at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.

The most seriously injured, Saveon Lewis, 17, of Grand Rapids, was seated in the middle of the back seat and was not wearing a seatbelt, Douglas said. Lewis was in stable condition at DeVos Hospital.

Two other back seat passengers were also in stable condition at their respective hospitals. They were both wearing seatbelts.

Jared Blodgett, 17, of Grand Junction, was taken by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Andrew Lopez, 18, of Pullman, was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

The crash remains under investigation.

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