Driver charged with misdemeanor in deadly US-31 crash

Ottawa County
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HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) —  A semi-truck driver accused of causing the July 4 crash that killed an Ottawa County woman is facing a misdemeanor charge.

The Holland Sentinel reports 56-year-old Rhonda Vandermyde of Hamilton is charged with a moving violation causing death in connection to the Olive Township crash that killed 60-year-old Ruth Bull. Vandermyde pleaded not guilty to the charge last month, according to the Sentinel.

The paper says the Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office hasn’t responded to its requests for comment as to why Vandermyde is charged with a misdemeanor, not a felony, in the crash on US-31 at Port Sheldon Street.

Investigators say Vandermyde had a red light but didn’t stop or slow down as she hit the back of Bull’s Jeep, which was stopped for the light.

Bull died at the scene. Emily Montelongo of Holland, was injured when one of the vehicles hit her minivan; she was taken to the hospital where her condition was stable shortly after the crash.

Vandermyde was not injured in the crash. 

Bull, who is a graduate of Spring Lake High School, is survived by three children and five grandchildren, according to the Sentinel.

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