17-year-old killed in crash north of Walker

6 mile road, fruit ridge avenue, alpine township, crash
The scene of a crash on 6 Mile Road and Fruit Ridge Avenue in Alpine Township. (Nov. 13, 2016)

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A 17-year-old passenger was killed in a three-vehicle crash on a rural road north of Walker Sunday afternoon, and authorities say the at-fault driver is believed to have been drinking.

The crash happened around 3:50 p.m. at the intersection of 6 Mile Road and Fruit Ridge Avenue in Alpine Township.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department says the driver of a westbound 2008 Ford Taurus failed to stop at the sign at Fruit Ridge. The Taurus struck a northbound 2004 Pontiac Montana, shoving the minivan into the path of a southbound pickup truck.

A passenger in the Montana, 17-year-old Megan Cook, died at the scene.

Her parents — 49-year-old Beth Cook, who was driving, and 53-year-old Randall Cook of Morley — were taken to a Grand Rapids hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Everyone in the Montana was wearing their seat belt.

The driver of the Taurus, a 39-year-old from Grand Rapids, is thought to have been drinking, the sheriff’s office said. He was not hurt.

The people in the pickup were also not hurt.