HOWARD CITY, Mich. (WOOD) - One person died when a speeding Chevy Silverado driven by a 30-year-old Howard City woman hit two separate cars, caused another crash and hit a tree Sunday morning, Montcalm County deputies said.
Shortly before 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nicole Stapleton allegedly rear-ended a Volkswagen near Federal Road and Kendaville Road. She didn't stop, and 1.5 miles later rear-ended a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by John Reniff on Ensley Street.
The impact pushed Reniff's vehicle into a Chrysler minivan that was stopped to turn left onto Walnut.
Stapleton, who was not wearing a seatbelt, continued north until her pickup hit a tree, narrowly missing an ice cream parlor. She was airlifted to Spectrum Health in downtown Grand Rapids. Her condition at this writing is not known.
Reniff was also airlifted to the same hospital. The 31-year-old Gladstone man later died from his injuries.
His passenger, Melissa Ballard, and the driver of the minivan, Julie Osbourne, were taken by ambulance to Spectrum Health. Both were wearing seatbelts.
The investigation by both the Montcalm County Sheriff's Department and the Michigan State Police continues, but they believe drug use is a factor.
In a phone call to 24 Hour News 8 Monday afternoon, Stapleton's aunt, Michelle Dekker, said the drug tests came back clean.
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