Van hits bicyclist before crashing into school

Emergency crews respond after a van crashed into Sandy Hill Elementary. (Courtesy ReportIt/July 22, 2015)

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A van struck a bicyclist before crashing into an elementary school in Georgetown Township leaving behind significant damage.

Deputies say Shirley Brisbin, 73, of Jenison was traveling eastbound on Baldwin Street near 20th Avenue and was about to proceed with a green light through the intersection when Glenn Ortego, 59, of Jenison started crossing Baldwin Street on his bike in the crosswalk.

Brisbin was unable to avoid Ortega and the van and bicycle collided.

After colliding with the bicycle, Brisbin lost control and crashed into Sandy Hill Elementary on Baldwin Street.

Ortego was taken to Spectrum Hospital by ambulance in serious condition.

Brisbin had to be extricated from the vehicle and suffered minor injuries. She was treated and released from the scene.

Jenison Public Schools Superintendent Tom TenBrink said the school building sustained significant damage to two of its exterior walls.

TenBrink said he doesn’t think the crash will impact the start of the school year and expects the repair work to begin soon.

Damage to Sandy Hill Elementary. (July 22, 2015)
(Damage to Sandy Hill Elementary)

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