Driver in earlier crash day of wrong-way wreck

Police say Crystal Rincones caused a crash when she drove the wrong way on US-131 in Wyoming.
Police say Crystal Rincones caused a crash when she drove the wrong way on US-131 in Wyoming.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The suspended driver who caused a wrong-way crash on US-131 in Wyoming last week was involved in another crash earlier the same morning, authorities say.

The wrong-way crash happened around 10:20 a.m. Tuesday on US-131 near 36th Street. Police say it was caused by Crystal Rincones, 36, who was driving north in the southbound lanes. She and the other driver involved were both hospitalized.

Sheriff’s deputies also stopped Rincones around 2:45 a.m. Tuesday after she was involved in a property damage crash in the parking lot of the Walgreens at the intersection of 68th Street and Division Avenue in Byron Township. Rincones told a sheriff’s deputy she was distracted by interacting with male passengers in the car just before the crash.

Deputies say they found several bottles of prescription drugs in her car that she claimed were hers. She passed breath and dexterity tests, so deputies didn’t have any reason to arrest her.

But because she was driving with a suspended license, deputies drove her home.

The crash on US-131 happened less than eight hours later.

Kent County Undersheriff Jon Hess said the deputy involved in stopping Rincones after the Walgreens crash did the right thing.

Rincones has been caught driving without a license multiple times since it was revoked in 2008 due to a medical condition and traffic violations.

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