Grand Rapids man dead after crash along I-196

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Rapids man was killed Sunday in a rollover crash on westbound I-196 near the Lane Avenue exit ramp.

According to authorities, the crash happened just before 2:30 a.m.

Police said Thomas Lee Hernandez was exiting westbound I-196 at Lane Avenue when he drove off the roadway to the left. The vehicle hit a raised curb, traveled through a grassy area and hit a tree, at which point the vehicle rolled and came to rest at a chain-link fence.

Hernandez, 63, was pronounced dead on scene.

Authorities said alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

Exit 76 was blocked off for several hours while police investigated the scene. Michigan State Police is handling the case. Grand Rapids police and fire assisted.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Michigan State Police Rockford Post at 616.866.4411.

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