PD: Crossing guard dies weeks after Grand Rapids crash

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say the school crossing guard who was struck by a car in Grand Rapids last month has died.

The Grand Rapids Police Department said Cecile Brown, 75, of Grand Rapids, was working as a school crossing guard when she was hit by a vehicle near the intersection of 36th Street SE and Poinsettia Avenue SE on Sept. 16.

She was taken to the hospital with injuries that police said were initially thought to be minor. Brown’s family said her condition worsened and remained hospitalized until she died Tuesday, according to GRPD.

Police said the driver remained at the scene and has been cooperating with investigators.

GRPD’s Traffic Unit continues to investigate the crash.

New Branches Charter Academy says she was beloved by the community.

“One of our beloved school community members, Cecile Brown, passed away today. We are so grateful for all the smiles and love she gave to our kids and community. We deeply mourn this loss and our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

We have a support team that will be ready to support students and staff with whatever they need during this difficult time.” 

New Branches Charter Academy

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Rob Veenstra at 616.456.3771 or rveenstra@grcity.us, Officer Justin Ewald at 616.456.4282 or jewald@grcity.us, Officer Anthony Bailey at 616.456.3938 or abailey@grcity.us. Anonymous tips can be made to Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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