Minivan driver veers, hits semi-truck, dies

Flor Elizabeth Zayas-Reyes and her husband (undated courtesy photo)

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) – A woman died when the minivan she was driving collided with a semi-truck in Kent County Thursday morning.

Flor Elizabeth Zayas-Reyes, 40, from Byron Center was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Wyoming Police Department. Friends and family said she went by the name Flor Russell.

The wreck occurred around 7:36 a.m. in the 2200 block of 28th Street, east of Byron Center Avenue.

A minivan and a semi-truck collided on 28th Street near Byron Center Avenue in Wyoming. (March 20, 2014)Witnesses told police Zayas-Reyes was traveling west in the eastbound curb lane when her vehicle struck an eastbound semi-truck, according to a news release from the police department. 24 Hour News 8 later learned the victim was actually traveling westbound and veered into the eastbound lane, for an unknown reason, according to a witness.

The truck driver was uninjured.

Zayas-Reyes’ husband said the family moved to Grandville in December. Before that, they lived in Mexico for 17 years doing missionary work. The couple, who married in 1996, have four sons: 15-year-old triplets and an 8-year-old.

He said she was leaving her third-shift job at Hope Network on East Beltline Avenue and headed to teach a 9 a.m.  fitness class in Jenison when the crash happened. She also had a third job as a Spanish interpreter.

“It speaks highly of her she must of obviously loved her husband, loved those boys and willing to work two jobs maybe three to make this
happen,” Zayas-Reyes’ pastor Joe Tucker said.

The road was closed until 11:55 a.m. as authorities investigated.

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