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.