Driver ID’d in fatal M-50 crash

A crash on M-50 north of Freeport. (July 15, 2014)
A crash on M-50 north of Freeport. (July 15, 2014)

BOWNE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – Michigan State Police have released the name of the grandmother who was killed in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday in southeast Kent County.

Linda Simons, 66, of Nashville, Mich., was driving east on M-50, which is also known as 92nd Street, near Freeport Avenue in Bowne Township around 3:20 p.m. when a witness said she hit a mailbox, lost control of her car and left the road before hitting a tree stump, Michigan State Police said in a release.

Simons was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Three of Simons’ grandchildren were in the car with her at the time of the crash, including two 13-year-old boys and a 10-year-old boy, MSP said.

One of the boys was pinned in the car and had to be rescued. MSP said he was taken to a Grand Rapids hospital where he’s being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The other two boys, who had non-life threatening injuries, were treated at the scene, police said.

Everyone in the car was wearing their seat belts and alcohol didn’t appear to be a factor in the wreck, which is still being investigated, the release said.

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