KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — Kentwood police have identified the driver who was killed in a crash in Kentwood Thursday afternoon.
John David Wiechenthal, 39, of Kentwood, was killed in the crash that happened around 1:50 p.m. in the 5300 block of Kalamazoo Avenue SE, south of 52nd Street.
Officers say a pickup truck rear-ended Wiechenthal’s car. Police said they’re looking into reports the pickup truck was driving erratically before the crash.
The impact of the crash sent both vehicles off the road, hitting multiple utility poles. According to police, both drivers were taken to the hospital, where Wiechenthal died. The other driver’s injuries are not life-threatening.
Consumers Energy crews responded to the scene to repair the poles. Drivers were initially asked to avoid the area but by 8 p.m., Kalamazoo Avenue had reopened.