Deputies: Man killed in crash near Rockford

14 Mile Court crash
Police on scene of a fatal crash on 14 Mile Court near Northland Drive NE in Courtland Township. (April 12, 2017)


COURTLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich (WOOD) — A man was killed in a single vehicle crash north of Rockford early Wednesday morning, according to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department.

24 Hour News 8 learned that an off-duty Grand Rapids police officer reported the crash just after 2 a.m. on 14 Mile Court near Northland Drive NE in Courtland Township.

Tire tracks are visible where a truck hit a tree on 14 Mile Court near Northland Drive. One person was killed in the crash. (April 12, 2017)

Officials with the sheriff’s department said a pickup truck hit a tree head-on, killing 56-year-old Jeffery Alan Peterson of Courtland Township.

The sheriff’s department said he was the only person in the vehicle.

Investigators believe alcohol and speed may have been factors in the crash.

Police closed 14 Mile Court until about 5 a.m. while they investigated the crash.. It’s unclear if alcohol or speed were factors in the crash.