1 critically injured after truck hits car

VALLEY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Charges are pending following an Allegan County crash that left one man in critical condition.

Around 11:20 a.m. Monday, a pickup truck and passenger car collided in the intersection of 43rd Street and 118th Avenue in Valley Township northwest of Allegan, according to the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department.

Benjamin Woodward of Portage had to be extricated from the car he was driving. He was first taken to Allegan General Hospital and then transferred to a Kalamazoo Hospital, where he remained listed in critical condition Wednesday.

Authorities found the still-unnamed driver of the pickup truck failed to yield the right of way to Woodward. His truck hit the front driver’s side of Woodward’s car.

The truck had been going faster than the posted 55 mph speed limit on 43rd, investigators found, and “there were multiple vehicle defects that inhibited the pick-up truck from stopping safely at the higher speeds.”

The driver of the pickup was arrested for reckless driving causing serious injury and is being held at the Allegan County Jail. The 32-year-old’s name has not yet been released. Arraignment is pending.

Woodward was on duty as a Children’s Protective Services worker at the time and was driving a state-owned vehicle.

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