Driver cited after unrestrained child hurt in rollover

SUV rolled over on I-196 in Georgetown Township

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A 10-year-old boy was hospitalized with a leg injury after a car crash on I-196 southwest of Grandville Saturday night.

The crash happened around 10:45 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of the highway east of 8th Avenue in Georgetown Township, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities say one of the tires on a Ford Escape blew, causing the driver to lose control. The SUV went off the road into the median and rolled several times.

There were eight people total in the car, six of whom were children.

The only passenger who required hospitalization was a 10-year-old boy. He was taken to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids with an injury to his right leg. The boy had been sitting in the rear cargo area of the SUV and therefore wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

The driver, 51-year-old Nancy Nino of Grand Rapids, was ticketed for child restraint violations.

The five other children in the car sustained bumps and bruises and were all treated at the scene.

Nino and the front seat passenger, also an adult, sustained minor injuries and sought their own treatment. They were both wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

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