Man, 21, dies days after crash on I-96 near Coopersville

The aftermath of a crash on I-96 in Coopersville on June 27, 2016. (Photo courtesy: Shelly Miller)

POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A 21-year-old man has died following a crash on I-96 near Coopersville earlier this week.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office says they were notified that passenger Jack Charles Flynn, 21, of White Lake was taken off life support Wednesday morning and died.

The crash happened Monday afternoon in the eastbound lanes about a mile after the 68th Avenue exit in Polkton Township.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office says that a Ford Explorer drifted into the median, jerked back across both lanes, then went off the right shoulder and hit a tree head-on.

Both the driver, 21 year-old Craig Vernon of White Lake, and Flynn were pinned in. It took rescue crews more than 45 minutes to free them, the sheriff’s office said.

Vernon was taken to the hospital and has since been released, according to the sheriff’s office.

Police say Vernon and Flynn were returning home after spending the weekend at the Electric Forest Festival in the Rothbury area.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Authorities are awaiting test results to determine whether drugs or alcohol could have been a contributing factor. Both men were wearing their seat belts.

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