GRPD: 75-year-old woman hit by vehicle, killed

Grand Rapids, Michigan Street NE
The scene on Michigan Street NE in Grand Rapids where a woman was hit by a vehicle and killed. (Aug. 23, 2017)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — One person was killed after being struck by a vehicle in northeast Grand Rapids Wednesday evening.

It happened around 7:30 p.m. near the curve where Twin Lake Drive turns into Michigan Street NE.

The Grand Rapids Police Department said a couple was out for a walk with their two dogs when they were hit by a vehicle as a driver failed to negotiate the turn. The car ended up in a ravine off the road.

The woman pedestrian, 75-year-old Joy Gillette, was killed. Her husband, a 77-year-old man, was hospitalized with serious injuries.

One dog was killed, while the other returned to the couple’s house on its own, police said.

Police say alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash. They say the driver, a 34-year-old woman, is cooperating with their investigation.

Neither the driver nor her passenger were hurt.