Deputies: US-31 hit-and-run driver had passenger in labor

Ottawa County
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GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A Muskegon man accused of causing two hit-and-run crashes was driving a pregnant woman who went into labor, deputies say.

The first crash happened around 7:55 a.m. Wednesday on US-31 near Lake Michigan Drive in Grand Haven Township. Investigators say the man was heading north on US-31 when his Chevrolet Uplander rear-ended a Jeep. Deputies say the fleeing suspect then turned left onto Lake Michigan Drive/M-45 in front of a southbound Toyota Camry, causing a second crash that disabled his vehicle.

The driver of the Toyota Camry, 46-year-old Brandy Ketchum of Holland, was taken to a hospital where her condition is stable.

The passenger who went into labor was taken to a Muskegon area hospital.

The sheriff’s office says the crashes caused nearly an hour of traffic backups on southbound US-31, which have since been cleaned up.

The hit-and-run driver was ticketed and jailed on an outstanding warrant. Investigators are withholding the 38-year-old man’s name until he’s formally charged.

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