Man killed in head-on crash in Plainfield Twp.

Kent County

Authorities respond to a crash in Plainfield Township on April 29, 2021.

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man was killed after a head-on car crash in Plainfield Township Wednesday.

The crash happened just before 6 p.m. on West River Drive NE near Samrick Drive NE, west of Jupiter Avenue NE.

Authorities say a car driving west lost control and crossed the centerline. It then hit an eastbound car head-on. Deputies also said a car caught fire.

Authorities respond to a crash in Plainfield Township on April 29, 2021.

Joey Thomas Jackson, 26, of Byron Center was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 40-year-old Comstock Park woman who was in the other vehicle and a 2-year-old child were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. A 9-year-old child in that vehicle sustained a broken nose.

Deputies say alcohol was a factor in the crash.

West River Drive was closed in both directions between Samrick Drive and Rogue River Road while emergency responders were on the scene.

**Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly state the Comstock Park woman was in the at-fault car. That was not accurate. That driver was in the vehicle not believed to be at fault.

**Editor’s note: Deputies previously provided two different ages for Jackson. On May 3, 2021, they confirmed he was 26.

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