GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A 17-year-old faces charges for an August crash near Hudsonville that killed one of his passengers and injured three others.
The 17-year-old from Wyoming was arrested Thursday, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office said, and taken to the county juvenile center. It did not release his name due to his age. He faces charges of reckless driving causing death, two counts of reckless driving causing serious impairment and operating without a license.
The charges stem from an Aug. 17 crash on 22nd Avenue at Jackson Street in Georgetown Township. The sheriff’s office says the 17-year-old was driving recklessly and ignored a stop sign, at which point his southbound Jeep collided with a westbound gravel truck.
One of the Jeep’s passengers, identified by family as 14-year-old Kenlyna Williams-Martinez, died at the scene. Family told News 8 that the driver was Kenlyna’s boyfriend.
Three other passengers, also juveniles, and the 17-year-old driver were all hospitalized with injuries ranging from serious to critical.
Kenlyna’s mother Charlyne Martinez recalled her as a loving older sister and told News 8 the family misses her constantly, saying her loss has left a hole in their family and their hearts. Martinez said she is seeking justice for her daughter, would would have turned 15 this month.
*Editor’s note: Based on incorrect information from authorities, a previous version of this article stated the girl killed was 15. She was 14.