Police identify student killed in pedestrian crash

Police have released the name of the teenager killed in a car versus pedestrian crash Wednesday morning in Holland Township.

Aline Mapendo, 16, a West Ottawa student, died in the 7 a.m. incident.

Mapendo was walking along James Street, east of Beech Street when she was struck by a vehicle driven by a 50-year-old Holland woman, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office.

The teen was walking to her bus stop, police said. The driver of the vehicle said that she did not see the girl until it was too late.

West Ottawa High School Principal Jason Reinecke said that counseling services as well as a crisis response team would be available to staff and students for the coming days.

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