SUV runs red light, crashes into truck

Emergency crews responded to a crash at Lake Michigan Drive at 8th Ave (April 19, 2014).

TALLMADGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A woman, a teenager and a 2-year-old child were taken to area hospitals after a crash on Lake Michigan Drive and 8th Ave Saturday afternoon.

Emergency crews were called to the scene around 3:40 p.m.

Authorities determined 20-year-old Holland resident Dezarae Evelyn Begay was driving a red Ford SUV going eastbound on Lake Michigan Drive went through a red light. A red Kia truck going northbound on 8th Ave was struck by the SUV.

A 2-year-old child was in the SUV during the crash. The child and the female driver were taken to Grand Rapids hospitals.

The driver of the red Kia truck, 17-year-old Hunter Christian Powers from Rockford, was unresponsive for a while, but came to when emergency crews were with the driver. The teenager suffered head injuries and was taken to a Grand Rapids hospital.

A few other vehicles caught debris from the crash. Those drivers were not injured.

Begay and Powers were listed in serious condition; Begay’s 2-year-old passenger is in fair condition. The child was properly strapped in a car seat and Begay and Powers were each wearing seat belts.


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