Driver sought after crash kills mother, injures 2 children

A crash on 15 Mile Road killed one and injured two others on Sept. 15, 2017.


COURTLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Kent County deputies say a mother was killed and her twin boys seriously injured after a hit-and-run crash Friday night.

It happened around 8:23 p.m. Friday night at the intersection of 15 Mile Road and Ritchie Avenue in Courtland Township.

Deputies say the 33-year-old woman was westbound on 15 Mile Road when her car was struck by a pickup truck. The driver of the pickup was traveling northbound on Ritchie Avenue.

The woman died on scene. Deputies say the 5-year-old boys were taken to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital with life threatening injuries. Deputies are not releasing any names pending family notification.

Deputies say the driver of the pickup truck ran off after the crash. Authorities searched for several hours with multiple K-9 units and a Michigan State Police helicopter, but the driver remains at large. He was described as a male wearing a white shirt, officers on scene said.

Our crew on scene saw deputies remove a bottle from the pickup truck, and authorities say alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff’s Department at 616.632.6100 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

**This story has been corrected to show that the crash happened in Courtland Township, not Cedar Springs.