Woman charged in July 2015 hit-and-run near Holland

Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says Justine Wiltse confessed

A courtesy photo of Walter Bruins' motorcycle after a July 2015 hit-and-run crash.
A courtesy photo of Walter Bruins' motorcycle after a July 2015 hit-and-run crash.

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say a woman has confessed to a hit-and-run crash near Holland last year that left a motorcyclist with serious head injuries.

The driver, 21-year-old Justine Wiltse of Hudsonville, was charged Tuesday with failing to stop at a personal injury crash, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office said in a Thursday release. That’s a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to a year behind bars.

The crash happened July 2, 2015 on 104th Avenue at Mason Street in Holland Township, east of the city of Holland. Authorities say a minivan pulled out in front of a motorcycle, causing a crash, then took off.

Walter Bruins. (Jan. 14, 2016)
Walter Bruins. (Jan. 14, 2016)

The motorcyclist, 49-year-old Walter Bruins of Zeeland, told 24 Hour News 8 in January 2016 that he was told he “basically had four concussions back-to-back.” He spent nine days in the hospital.

Tips and interviews eventually led investigators to Wiltse, who the sheriff’s office said admitted to what happened.