2 charged in connection to crash in which recent grad died

Kent County

An undated courtesy photo of John Holmes.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Two people have been charged in connection to a Kent County crash in which a recent Grand Rapids Christian High School grad died.

David and Nichole Kooistra were charged on Oct. 7 with the misdemeanor count of allowing a minor consume drugs and/or alcohol on the premises. If convicted, they face 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

The crash happened at 11 p.m. June 20 on Pettis Avenue NE near 2 Mile Road NE in Ada Township.

Police say 18-year-old John Holmes was driving north on Pettis Avenue when the car rolled over and caught on fire. He died at the scene.

The scene following a deadly crash on Pettis Avenue in Ada Township. (June 22, 2020)

Friends say Holmes was leaving a party.

Holmes played basketball and football at Grand Rapids Christian High School for four years. He was planning to play football at Brown University in the fall.

Their next court hearing is scheduled for Oct. 27.

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