1 killed, 3 injured in Byron Center crash

Byron Center Avenue
Authorities respond to a crash on Byron Center Avenue at 76th Street in Byron Township. (Aug. 9, 2017)

BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) –- One person was killed and three others injured in a three-vehicle crash in Byron Township Wednesday afternoon.

The crash happened around 1:30 p.m. on Byron Center Avenue at 76th Street, according to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities say 83-year-old Bruce Fase of Ada Township was headed south when his Cadillac SUV struck a southbound Dodge Durgano and then a northbound Jeep.

Fase’s passenger, 76-year-old Ruth Prusinski of Ada Township, was rushed to Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming, where she died.

Fase; the driver of the Durango, 61-year-old Timothy Daymon of Byron Center; and the driver of the Jeep, 75-year-old Gerrit Scholten of Byron Center, were also hospitalized but their injures are not considered life-threatening.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but authorities say alcohol is not believed to have been a factor. Everyone involved was wearing their seat belt.

Byron Center Avenue was shut down between 72nd and 76th streets for a few hours after the crash while authorities were on scene.