GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Benefit hockey games were held in honor of the first-gradeteacher hit and killed by a drunken driver in November.
Aaron Haynes, who taught at Lincoln Heights Elementary inGreenville was on his way to work when an alleged wrong-way driveron East Beltline hit his car and killed him.
Haynes was 30 years old, and is survived by his wife, Jamie, andthe couple's son, Riley. He played goalie for Grand Valley State'shockey team and stayed involved with the sport after graduation,competing on several local teams.
The benefit games were at Patterson Ice Center. All the fundsraised will go to a trust account established for Riley. The rinkdonated the ice team and each team participating is trying to raiseat least $1,000.
The public is invited to attend and make a donation at thedoor.
Anyone who can't attend and is interesting in donating can makechecks payable to The Aaron Haynes Grand Valley Fund, accountnumber 988089657. Checks can be dropped off at any branch ofNational City bank.
Leonel Franco-Avina, 38, was charged withsecond-degree murder and operating while intoxicated causing death.On Dec. 8, he waived his preliminary exam on the charges, meaninghis case will now go to trial. His blood-alcohol level at the timeof the crash, obtained by a search warrant, was .425 percent, morethan five times the legal limit of .08 in Michigan.
Broadmoor Avenue has reopened after it was shut down due to a four-vehicle crash in Caledonia.
The extravaganza was Dec. 11, 2013 in downtown Grand Rapids.
Gary Rolls Jr. has announced he'll resign from the Kent County Board of Commissioners, effective Jan. 1, 2014.