Dad, kids hospitalized after Zeeland crash

Police on scene of a serious crash in Zeeland.
Police on scene of a serious crash in Zeeland.

ZEELAND, Mich. (WOOD) — A serious crash in Ottawa County shutdown the on-ramp to westbound I-196 in Zeeland Saturday night.

The crash happened around 9:30 p.m. Saturday near the 55 mile-marker.

According to police, Stephen Mattias, 31, was driving an SUV when he lost control on the on-ramp and crashed.

He had his three kids in the car with him at the time. The children are 9-years-old, 8-years-old and 9-months old.

All three children were taken to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids with non-life threatening injuries. Their father was taken to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids and does have life-threatening injuries.

Police are still investigating the crash. They say it is unclear if speed or alcohol played a role in the crash.

Mattias was driving with a suspended license when the crash happened. State records show his license was suspended in November after he would found not to have valid proof of insurance in March 2013 and didn’t pay the fines associated with that citation.

In March 2011, he was cited for careless driving. In September 2010, he was charged with operating while intoxicated. In December 2009, he was caught driving with a suspended license.

He also has speeding tickets from the state of Florida in 2008 and 2009.

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