1 dead after car, pickup collide near Hopkins

The scene of a crash at the intersection of 130th Avenue and 22nd Street near Hopkins. (Dec. 16, 2015)

HOPKINS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man was ejected from his pickup truck and died after a crash near the village of Hopkins on Wednesday evening.

The crash happened around 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of 130th Avenue and 22nd Street in Hopkins Township, according to the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities say their initial investigation shows the driver of a westbound car didn’t stop at the stop sign at 22nd and drove into the path of a southbound pickup.

The driver of the pickup was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, the sheriff’s office said. He was rushed to a Grand Rapids hospital, where he later died as a result of his injuries.

He was identified Thursday as John Dolegowski, 58, of the Allegan area.

The area of the car’s engine caught fire, which the Hopkins Fire Department doused. Emergency responders pulled the female driver from the car and she was airlifted to a Grand Rapids hospital with what the sheriff’s office described as moderate injuries.

The sheriff’s office said it is still investigating the crash and that it did not yet have any comment regarding whether drugs, alcohol or speed were factors. Authorities did say the driver of the car was wearing her seat belt.

The driver of the car’s name was not released Thursday, as authorities say she may face charges in connection to the crash.

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