Kent County

Authorities: Fatal crash suspect kills self in jail

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The man accused of causing the January crash that killed a father and son died as a result of an apparent suicide at the Kent County jail Friday night, authorities say.

The Kent County Sheriff's Department said that during a routine block check around 10 p.m., correctional officers found Joseph Hanna, 39, in distress after he apparently harmed himself. Despite efforts to save him, Hanna died around 10:40 p.m.

Hanna was allegedly driving under the influence of marijuana on the evening of Jan. 4 when he rammed into another vehicle on 14 Mile Road near Harvard Avenue in northeastern Kent County.

The passenger of the other vehicle, U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Joel Kinsey, 20, died at the scene. His father, 48-year-old Jerry Kinsey, died at the hospital days later.

Aero Med got lost on the way to the crash scene in rural Oakfield Township, west of Greenville, and never made it. Authorities said a software problem sent the pilot to the wrong place.

Hanna was charged in May with two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of reckless driving causing death and two counts of operating while intoxicated causing death. He was charged as a habitual offender. Kent County court documents show he was also convicted of an attempted larceny in 1998.

**Correction: A previous version of this article stated Hanna died Saturday night. He actually died Friday night. We regret the error, which has been fixed.


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