Jogger, 19, hit by vehicle on eve of sister’s graduation


OVERISEL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A 19-year-old woman is in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle the day before her sister’s graduation.

It happened at 6 p.m. Wednesday at 142nd Avenue and 38th Street in Overisel Township, northeast of Hamilton. Julie Genzink and a friend were crossing 142nd when Genzink was hit by a vehicle. The friend was not hurt.

Garret Street, who lives kitty-corner from where the crash happened, told 24 Hour News 8 he saw the commotion from his window and ran out to help.

“I was saying, ‘Just hang in there. Help is coming soon,'” he recalled. “And her mother was standing above her head, just crying, just in shock.”

Genzink’s parents live off of 142nd, a few houses away from the scene of the crash.

Street said Genzink appeared to have injuries to her torso and head.

“I tried to keep her awake and told people not to move her head or do anything like that. The ambulance finally got here and they whisked her away,” Street said.

The Allegan County Sheriff’s Office said Genzink underwent surgery early Thursday morning. She remained in critical condition later in the day but was showing signs of improvement.

Witnesses said the joggers didn’t look before they crossed the street. The driver of the vehicle tried to stop, but could only slow down. The driver stopped after the crash, authorities said.

“It’s just another accident on this corner and it’s a really bad corner,” Street said.

Genzink’s sister was scheduled to graduate from Hamilton High School Thursday night, according to Overisel Reformed Church.

The church held a prayer service for Genzink and her family at Thursday evening.