NELSON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - One person died and six others were injured after two vehicles collided at an intersection in Kent County early Wednesday evening.
It happened around 6:22 p.m. at Cedar Springs Avenue and Egner Street NE in Nelson Township, between Cedar Springs and Sand Lake.
Judy Ranger, 69, from Brohman was driving a westbound Ford Taurus X and stopped at the stop sign. She began to turn north onto Cedar Springs Avenue and turned in front of a southbound Saturn Vue driven by Kristy Beemer, 28, from Sand Lake, police said.
Beemer tried to avoid a collision and swerved into the northbound lane where both vehicles collided.
The Taurus had two passengers. Kathleen Bitely, 88, from Bailey, was in the back seat and died from her injuries. She was wearing a seat belt. The front-seat passenger was Herbert Smith, 92, from Twin Lakes, who suffered an injured hand and stomach. He was wearing a seat belt.
Beemer suffered rib and hip injuries, and had blood in her lungs. She was not wearing a seat belt.
Michael McBridge, 30, from Sand Lake was a passenger in Beemer's vehicle, and suffered a broken wrist and a broken femur. He was wearing a seat belt. A 5-year-old girl from Sand Lake was a passenger, and suffered bumps and bruises. She was in a car seat. A 3-year-old girl from Sand Lake was a passenger, and suffered two broken femurs. She was in a car seat.
An area resident attempted CPR on Bitely, witnesses said, while other neighbors tried to keep the other victims calm until rescue personnel arrived at the scene.
Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash, police said.
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