Sheriff’s Office: No one saw car hit teen

Jonathan Bracamontes. (Courtesy photo)

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Ottawa County authorities say it doesn’t appear that anyone saw the Tuesday morning crash that left a teen pedestrian dead.

Jonathan Bracamontes, 15, died after being hit by a car before 6:20 a.m. on US-31 at Riley Street in Holland Township.

According to a Wednesday release from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, investigators have spoken to witnesses who were driving through the intersection at the time of the crash.

Several witnesses said that southbound US-31 traffic had the green light when something ran into traffic, headed east. No one actually saw a car strike a pedestrian.

One witness stopped his car and looked around the intersection, but didn’t see anyone, so he continued on his way.

Once the driver, Ruth Borgman, got to her place of work in Holland, she saw the damage to her car and called 911, saying she thought she hit something and that it may have been a person.

The vehicle involved in a hit-and-run that left a teen dead. (Sept. 30, 2014)
(Borgman’s car.)

Authorities went to US-31 and Riley Street and found Jonathan lying in the median. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Tuesday, a sergeant at the scene told 24 Hour News 8 authorities were investigating a hit-and-run crash. But in Wednesday’s release, the sheriff’s office said it has not determined at this point that the crash was a hit-and-run.

Authorities say they will send their investigation on to the county prosecutor’s office after it is complete.

Family members say Jonathan, a sophomore at West Ottawa High School, was headed to Meijer to buy flowers and chocolate for his girlfriend at the time of the crash.

Anyone with information about the crash can call the Ottawa County Sheriffs Office at 616.738.4042 or Silent Observer at 1.877.887.0568.

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