Police: 1 dead, 2 hurt in Holland crash

Ottawa County

The scene of a crash on 8th Street at Dartmouth Avenue in Holland on May 13, 2020. (Kim Gaetani/ReportIt)

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say a 43-year-old Holland Township woman died in a crash Wednesday night.

It happened around 8:20 p.m. on 8th Street at Dartmouth Avenue.

Investigators say a Dodge Nitro had drifted off the road into a curb, hit a utility pole, took down power lines and rolled on its side up against a large tree.

Emergency personnel worked together to extract the three people inside the vehicle and provide aid. However, they were delayed due to the down power lines, according to the Holland Department of Public Safety.

The driver, a 66-year-old Holland woman, was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids via Aero Med. The front seat passenger, Lasondra Leffler, was pronounced dead at the scene. The back seat passenger, a 64-year-old Holland man, was taken to Holland Hospital, police say.

Investigators believe excessive speeding was a factor in the crash. Witnesses told police there were no other vehicles in the area at the time.

Authorities are still investigating to see if other factors affected the driver.

People with information about the crash is asked to contact Sgt. Dan Kender at 616.355.1122 or d.kender@cityofholland.com, or contact Silent Observer anonymously at 877.88.SILENT, text OCMTIP and your message to 274627.

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