2 killed, 3 hurt in early morning crash near Holland

Ottawa County

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Two people were killed in a two-vehicle crash near Holland early Thursday morning.

Ottawa County dispatchers told 24 Hour News 8 that the deadly crash happened shortly before 3 a.m. at the intersection of 112th Avenue and Riley Street in Holland Township.

A vehicle with four people inside was headed northbound on 112th Avenue when the driver, 23-year-old Ector Juarez of Holland, went through the flashing red light and struck a westbound vehicle, according to sheriff’s authorities. 

The driver of the westbound vehicle, 34-year-old Alexander DeVriendt of Holland, died at the scene. Juarez was transported via ambulance to Holland Hospital where he later died.

All three passengers in Juarez’ vehicle taken to the hospital for treatment, including 21-year-old Aaron Marez, who was airlifted to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids and is listed in critical condition. The other passengers, 25-year-old Abraham Garcia, of Holland, and 19-year-old Carlos Ramirez, of Holland, were taken via ambulance to Holland Hospital in serious but stable, condition. Garcia has since been transferred to another hospital, but his condition is unclear.

Ramirez’s condition remains stable.

All directions of the intersection were closed for several hours as crews work to clear the scene. The intersection has since reopened. 

Sheriff’s authorities say speed appears to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

*Editor’s note: A previous version of this story had inaccurate information from police about the flashing light in the intersection. That has since been updated.

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