A 41-year-old Grand Rapids woman suffered serious injuries when she walked across northbound U.S. 31 into the path of a car Tuesday night.
The woman, whose identity was not released at the time, was transported by ambulance to North Ottawa Community Hospital. She was later transferred to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids with severe injuries. She was in stable condition early this morning.
Emergency crews responded to the northbound lanes of the highway at Robbins Road shortly before 7:30 p.m. Officers located the woman, a recent temporary resident of Grand Rapids, laying in the road and being treated by bystanders who had stopped to assist said Capt. Clint Holt of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.
Two witnesses and the victim were walking west on the sidewalk along Robbins Road and stopped at the highway, said Capt. Chris Wright of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety. The female walked into the road and was hit by a northbound car.
Wright said that the preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the car, a Grand Haven-area female, had the right of way with a green light.
The driver of the vehicle, a 58-year-old Spring Lake woman, said she was in the process of switching lanes to pass a vehicle that was slowing or stopping in the right lane. That's when the pedestrian stopped in front of her.
Witnesses at the scene corroborated the driver’s statement and confirmed that the motorist had the right of way, Holt said. They further indicated that the westbound pedestrian failed to obey the pedestrian crosswalk signal at the intersection and stepped out in front of traffic. The vehicle in the right lane was able to stop in time, however the vehicle in the left lane was not able to avoid the collision.
Police said the driver was cooperative and that alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
One lane of the highway in each direction was closed for a few hours for the police investigation and for use by emergency vehicles.
The incident remains under investigation and any additional witnesses are asked to call the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.
GHDPS was assisted by Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Haven Township Fire/Rescue, and North Ottawa Community Hospital Ambulance.
This is the second car-versus-pedestrian crash on Robbins Road in less than two weeks.
On Oct. 16, just before 11 p.m., a 60-year-old Grand Haven man died when he was hit by a car while walking along the street. Today, police identified the man as Gary Ackerman. That crash remains under investigation by the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office.