Deputy: Lowell man admitted to drinking before deadly crash

Michael Hoogewind
An undated mug shot of Michael Hoogewind. (Michigan Department of Corrections)

GRATTAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Investigators say an SUV driver charged in the Kent County crash that killed a Greenville man admitted to drinking beforehand.

Court records obtained by 24 Hour News 8 identify the suspect as 32-year-old Michael Hoogewind of Lowell.

He’s charged with operating under the influence of liquor, causing death in connection to the Nov. 9 crash near Cannonsburg that killed 58-year-old David Arthur Cliff.

Emergency crews on scene of a deadly crash at Lincoln Lake Road and 6 Mile Road NE, east of Cannonsburg. (Nov. 9, 2016)
Emergency crews on scene of a deadly crash at Lincoln Lake Road and 6 Mile Road NE, east of Cannonsburg. (Nov. 9, 2016)

Kent County sheriff’s deputies said Cliff was driving south on Lincoln Lake Road near 6 Mile Road NE when his vehicle was hit by an SUV that failed to yield the right of way at the intersection.

According to court records, a deputy who responded to the crash smelled alcohol on Hoogewind, who admitted to drinking. In the court documents, authorities said Hoogewind took a breathalyzer, which came back with a 0.23 blood alcohol level – almost triple the legal limit.

State records show Hoogewind has a history of drunk driving. In March 2011, his license was suspended for driving while more than two times over the legal limit. Two months later, his restrictions were amended to allow him to drive a vehicle equipped with a breathalyzer from home to work, school or medical/treatment appointments.

Hoogewind got in trouble three additional times that year for high blood alcohol levels detected by the vehicle’s breathalyzer, state records show.

In January 2013, The Driver Assessment and Appeal Division approved removing the ignition interlock device from Hoogewind’s vehicle and reinstated his license, state records indicate.

Hoogewind is expected back in court for a preliminary hearing in the crash on Nov. 30.