VERGENNES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A Lowell High School senior is dead after a deadly crash in Vergennes Township Saturday morning.
Just after 7:30 a.m., authorities were called out to a crash on Lincoln Lake Ave NE south of 3 Mile Rd Ne.
Kent County Sheriff deputies say a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta driven by 18-year-old Alex Dlouhy was going northbound on Lincoln Lake Ave when he crossed the center line into on-coming traffic.
One vehicle going southbound on Lincoln Lake swerved off the road to avoid a collision. Dlouhy tried to steer his vehicle back into the northbound lanes, but lost control of the Volkswagen Jetta.
A 2003 Ford Explorer driven by 60-year-old John Lewis was also going southbound behind the first vehicle and tried to swerve out of the path of the Volkswagen Jetta.
The Ford Explorer struck the Volkswagen Jetta on the driver’s side door.
Alex Dlouhy was pronounced dead at the scene. John Lewis was transported to Greenville Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Deputies closed Lincoln Lake Ave was closed for approximately 3 hours while the accident was investigated.
All of Dlouhy’s friends, peers and superiors 24 Hour News 8 spoke to describe him as being kind, cheerful and dependable.
Lowell High School Principal Amy Pallo tells 24 Hour News 8 Alex Dlouhy was a wonderful kid who was always kind and caring. Alex was a member of the school’s track team.
“He was just nice to everyone I can’t think of anyone who disliked him,” Danielle Starkey, a friend of Alex, said.
Starkey said the night before the crash Alex was hanging out with friends at a bonfire and stayed through the morning. Around 6 a.m., he sent a snap chat video to friends.
“I know that he was about to go to bed because it says now that the ‘Roosters are crowing, bedtime’ so he probably went to drive home when he got in the accident,” Starkey said.
Alex was going to be graduating with the rest of the senior class in a few weeks.
This is the second student this class has lost. Ethan Hedlund died freshman year.
The accident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Kent County Sheriff Department at 616-632-6100.