Man dead after crash on US-131

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A man died after he crashed his car on US-131 during the morning commute Monday in Grand Rapids.

Armando Cruz-Williams, 26, of Grand Rapids lost control of the 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix just south of the Ann Street exit around 7:45 a.m., police said.

Witnesses said they saw the car abruptly turn to the right right before the ramp, hitting the concrete barrier on the east side of the highway.  The impact caused the car to go over the barrier and down a hill under the highway, police said.

The exit ramp where Armando Cruz-WIlliams lost control of his car. (March 3, 2014)
(The exit ramp to Ann Street in Grand Rapids.)

“A car went right over the embankment. It was unbelievable. It crossed two lanes headed for the barrier, and with the snow and everything went right over it and down the hill,” one 911 caller said.

The car then caught fire as it came to a rest.

Cruz-Williams was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to state records, Cruz-Williams was driving on an expired and suspended license at the time of the crash. His license was suspended in September 2013 for a traffic violation, and expired during the suspension period.

Authorities are still investigating the crash, but it’s unclear what caused Cruz-Williams to initially lose control of the car.


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