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Victim identified in fatal I-96 crash

Becky Vargo • May 20, 2019 at 5:30 PM

POLKTON TWP. — Police have released the name of a West Olive man killed in a construction back-up crash on I-96 near Coopersville this past weekend.

David Scott Snyder, 62, was the driver of a vehicle that was rear-ended shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday on eastbound I-96 near the 18-mile marker. He died at the scene, police said.

A passenger in Snyder’s vehicle, a 60-year-old West Olive woman, and the 23-year-old driver of another vehicle were both in critical condition following the crash. They both have been upgraded to fair/stable condition, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

The 23-year-old Kentwood man was driving east on the highway, just west of the 48th Avenue exit ramps, when he encountered the traffic backup, police said. The man tried to avoid a collision, but lost control of his Mercedes Benz and hit a Lexus driven by Snyder. The Lexus then struck a Ford Escape, which was pushed into two more cars.

The other three drivers were not injured.

Police said speed was a factor in the crash. Neither drugs nor alcohol appear to have been factors.

The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.

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