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Car crashes into home along Beacon Boulevard

Matt DeYoung • Jun 11, 2019 at 10:00 PM

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 8:25 a.m.:

The female driver was arrested and lodged in the Ottawa County Jail for undisclosed criminal charges after crashing a vehicle into a house at 410 S. Beacon Boulevard Tuesday night.

The crash occurred shortly after 8:30 p.m.

The two occupants of the vehicle, a male passenger and female driver were able to extricate themselves on their own, according to Sgt. Michael Ercole of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety. The male had no injuries. The female complained of an injury and was transported to North Ottawa Community Hospital via ambulance. After being treated for her injuries, the female driver was lodged into the Ottawa County jail for criminal charges resulting from the accident.

The car was southbound on Beacon when the driver lost control and went into the median, Ercole said. There, the vehicle struck two light poles and a street sign before traveling across the northbound lanes and into the side of the house.

The house suffered moderate damage to both the exterior and interior, Ercole said.

The crash remains under investigation.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Todd Klein was on his front porch Tuesday evening when the sound of a car rapidly accelerating on Beacon Boulevard caught his attention.

He turned around in time to see a Ford Escape take out a pair of light poles, jump across the median and crash into a home on the east side of the highway.

“I looked over and saw the car hit the second pole and throw it into the intersection,” Klein said. “It ran across the curb here and I watched it run right into the house. It never slowed down.”

Klein said the car was going fast when it hit the house on the east side of Beacon Boulevard, just south of Grant Avenue.

“Sixty (mph) is an understatement,” he said.

Homeowner Renee LaFrance was in the back of her house when she heard a tremendous crash. She was not injured, and said it was just her two cats in the home at the time.

“All I heard is a big bang, that’s it,” she said. “I came out and I saw the top of the car, but I didn’t come out here, because I didn’t want to look and see if there was someone in there.”

The driver and a passenger were sitting outside the vehicle when police arrived. One of the occupants, a male, spoke to police while a female occupant was taken into a waiting ambulance for medical treatment.

Rod Barnaby watched the incident from his motorcycle while riding north on Beacon. He said it’s incredible no other vehicles were hit.

“I seen her veer to the left, got the street light out and she just kept going, no brakes or nothing,” Barnaby said. “I looked behind me in the mirror — she just come across all the traffic and everything, and then the big bang at the house. No slowing down or nothing — everybody stopped for her.”

“They missed this car in the intersection by inches,” Klein added.

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