No criminal charges in crash that killed Holland Christian teacher

An undated courtesy photo of Kevin Witte.
An undated courtesy photo of Kevin Witte.

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department says no criminal charges will be filed in connection to a crash that killed a Holland Christian High School teacher.

Kevin Witte, 37, died on Sept. 27, one day after his vehicle was impaled by a 44-foot pole being carried on the back of a Ford stake truck from Parkway Electric in Holland.

Police say Witte and the driver of the truck were both heading south on 120th Avenue in Holland Township. When the truck pulled into the center turn lane to make a left onto Garden Avenue, the long pole swung into the southbound lane and impaled Witte’s SUV, entering through the windshield, striking Witte and then protruding out the rear side cargo window.

After reviewing the reconstruction report, the Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office issued a civil infraction citation for a load length violation to Parkway Electric.

Witte was a social studies and Bible teacher and soccer coach at Holland Christian High School.