Kent Co. deputy injured in Oakfield Twp. crash

(Nov. 20, 2016)

OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say a Kent County sheriff’s deputy was injured after his vehicle was struck while he was responding to a crash.

The crash happened just after 4 a.m. at the intersection of 14 Mile Road and Podunk Avenue in Oakfield Township.

Authorities say that the deputy was responding to a hit-and-run crash when a driver who was southbound on Podunk ran a stop sign and struck his vehicle. The deputy was seated inside the cruiser when it was struck.

The deputy was taken to the hospital with what authorities on-scene called “significant,” but non-life threatening injuries. A later release from the Kent County Sheriff’s Department said the officer has since been released from the hospital.

The driver of the southbound vehicle, a 20-year-old Belding man, was also taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities say alcohol and speed were factors in the crash. Michigan State Police are handling the investigation.