SPARTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities believe alcohol was a factor in a crash that killed one person and injured five others in Kent County Saturday.
It happened around 11:45 p.m. near the intersection of Sparta Avenue and Ball Creek Road in Sparta Township, north of Grand Rapids.
Witnesses told deputies a Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by 33-year-old Ralph Reichard Jr. of Newaygo, crossed the center lane and hit a northbound SUV head on, according to a Kent County Sheriff’s Department news release.
A passenger, 39-year-old Christina Kent of Cedar Springs, was pronounced dead at the scene. Reichard Jr. was not seriously hurt.
Four people were inside the SUV at the time of the crash. They were all taken to the hospital by ambulance with minor injuries.
Deputies believe alcohol was a factor. The crash remains under investigation, the release said.