Holland DPS seeks witnesses after crash injures two pedestrians

Ottawa County

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities are asking to hear from witnesses of a crash that seriously injured two pedestrians in Holland Thursday.

It happened around 5:20 p.m. on W. 24th Street at Michigan Avenue.

Investigators believe a 2003 red Honda Civic, driven by a 20-year-old Holland man, was heading northbound on Michigan Avenue in the right lane, according to a Holland Department of Public Safety news release.  

Witnesses said an eastbound black pickup truck — possibly a Dodge Ram — made a left turn onto northbound Michigan Avenue, going into the path of the approaching Honda Civic. The driver of the Honda Civic swerved to the right to avoid hitting the pickup truck, leaving the roadway and hitting two pedestrians who were on the sidewalk, the release said.

“The next thing you know, all we heard was something hit. I looked over and I saw two bodies flying through the air,” said Nathan Swackhammer, a witness to the crash. “I was just stunned. Honestly, I still have goosebumps just thinking about it. It was not something I’d ever want anyone to ever see, especially two young people like that. I mean, my heart goes out to there families.”

One of the pedestrians, 22-year-old Olivia Ancil of Zeeland, was airlifted to the hospital. She is a nurse at Holland Hospital. The other pedestrian, 26-year-old Alex Arent of Holland, was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Both had serious injuries.

The driver involved in the crash wasn’t seriously hurt, police said Thursday.

Investigators are working to identify the driver of the black pickup truck.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or with information about the black pickup truck is asked to call HDPS Sgt. Dan Kender at 616.355.1122, HDPS at 616.355.1100 or email investigators at policetips@cityofholland.com.

-News 8 John Domol contributed to this report

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