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Driver who hit and killed boy had medical condition, no driver's license


GREENVILLE, Mich., (WZZM) -The driver who hit and killed a 4-year-old boy in Greenville Monday had her license suspended for medical reasons in 2014.

The accident happened at the busy intersection of Lafayette and Washington. The driver had a yellow arrow. As she turned left, Talos Bills, 4, was on his scooter crossing the street with his cousin.

The driver tells police she didn't see him and didn't immediately know she hit him.

"She stopped, and another motorist approached her at the same time. She was trying to figure out what was going on," said Sgt. Dennis Magirl of the Greenville police.

The driver, a 69-year old woman from Cedar Springs, has a lengthy driving record. Due to a medical condition, she's had several hearings regarding the status of her license. It was suspended in 2014.

Boy, 4, killed after being hit by pickup truck


GREENVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 4-year old boy has died after being hit by a pickup truck in Greenville.

It happened just before 11:30am at the intersection of M-57 and M-91 (Washington and Lafayette Streets). The pick-up truck was making a left turn onto Washington Street, when the boy, identified as Talos Bills, started crossing the street on a scooter accompanied by a family member. Both the driver and the boy had the proper lights.

As the driver turned left, she hit the boy. Witnesses say the boy was hit hard and they knew he probably wouldn't survive. "He had a very traumatic head injury. It's a tragic situation. Our hearts go out to the family," said Michelle Bivins, who works nearby. She called 911 shortly after the boy was hit.

2 taken to hospital after multi-vehicle crash


OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two people are in the hospital after a multiple vehicle accident in Oakfield Township.

The accident occurred on 14 Mile Road at Lincoln Lake Road around 2 p.m. Sunday.

According the the Kent County Sheriff's Office, multiple people were pinned in their vehicles.

Man, 58, killed after crashing into tree


OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- One man is dead after slamming his car into a tree in Kent County Tuesday morning.

Michigan State Police troopers arrived on scene shortly after 10:30 a.m. and found the victim pinned inside off the car on M57 near Old 14 Mile Road.

Scott Vernon, 58 of Greenville, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Preliminary investigation indicates Vernon was driving eastbound in a 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt on M57 when he crossed the center line, drove off the north side of the road and crashed into a tree.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Kent County Sheriff's Department and the Oakfield Township Fire Department.

The accident remains under investigation.

If you have any information, please call Tpr. Ehrke at the MSP Rockford Post at (616) 866-4411.

Head-on crash sends two men to hospital


IONIA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two people went to the hospital after a head on-crash near Belding Wednesday.

A car and a minivan hit collided in the 8300 block of Storey Road. The minivan flipped over and landed on its top.

Because of the severity of his injuries, the driver of the car was flown to Spectrum Health by Aero Med. The driver of the mini van was taken to the hospital in Greenville to treat his injuries.

Storey Road was closed for a time, but is now reopened to traffic.


2 seriously hurt in crash at Lincoln Lake Ave. & 17 Mile Rd.


SPENCER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two drivers were seriously hurt in a crash Monday morning in northeastern Kent County.

The accident happened just before 8 a.m. at Lincoln Lake Avenue and 17 Mile Road.

A man in a pick-up truck and another in a GMC Jimmy SUV were pinned inside and hospitalized.

The intersection was closed for a brief time Monday morning, it has since reopened.

MDOT study: Rumble strips reduce accident deaths by 50%


GREENVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- New numbers show that a loud, startling warning for drivers to stay in their lane is dramatically improving safety on Michigan roads. A Michigan Department of Transportation study shows that where they're present, rumble strips have cut traffic fatalities and injuries in half.

Like thunder on the road, drivers have heard the noise and started paying attention.

"It gives you a little jolt to say, 'Hey, you're doing something wrong -- get back in your lane,'" said MDOT communications representative John Richard.

The latest numbers on rumble strips speak for themselves. A new, comprehensive study between MDOT and Wayne State University shows a dramatic drop in accidents, injuries, and fatalities on roads with rumble strips.