Driver who hit, killed teen charged with misdemeanor

Jonathan Bracamontes. (Undated courtesy photo)

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) – The driver who hit and killed a 15-year-old who was crossing the street will not be charged with the teen’s death.

Jonathan Bracamontes, a West Ottawa High School sophomore, was killed on Sept. 30 when Ruth Borgman hit him around 6 a.m.with her car on US-31 at Riley Street. Authorities say she did not stop.

Borgman did call the Ottawa County Sherriff’s Office after she arrived at her workplace in Holland. She said she thought she had hit something and thought it was a person, but she was not sure.

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Authorities went to the area where Borgman said the crash happened and found Bracamontes lying in the median. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation indicates that Borgman was driving through the intersection on a green light when Bracamontes was hit and killed, according to Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney Ronald Frantz.

Authorities say the darkness and the box truck next to Borgman limited her ability to see Barcamontes crossing in front of her and she did not have time to react to avoid hitting him.

However, Borgman will be charged with failure to stop at the scene of an accident at a misdemeanor level.

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