West Ottawa High School student hit, killed by car

Ottawa County

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A 16-year-old girl was struck and killed by a vehicle near Holland Wednesday morning.

It happened just after 7 a.m. on James Street west of Butternut Drive in Holland Township.

Authorities say the girl, a West Ottawa High School student, was walking to her bus stop.

She was walking west in the roadway along the south side of James Street when she was struck by a car driving east on the same street, deputies say.

“She was walking in the roadway but on the southern-most part of the roadway as pedestrians are allowed to do,” said Ottawa County Sheriff’s Sgt. David Vanderploeg. “She was walking against oncoming traffic as she should be doing. The question comes in as to why the crash occurred.”

The driver is a 50-year-old Holland area woman, who says she didn’t see the girl until she hit her, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say the teen was taken to the hospital, where she later died from her injuries. The driver was not injured.

No charges have been filed and the driver is not in custody at this point.

“At this point, the driver is fully cooperating with our investigation,” Vanderploeg said.

At West Ottawa High School, help is being provided to staff and students.

The principal issued this statement:

“It’s difficult to express the sense of heartbreak and loss our student body feels today. The thoughts of the entire West Ottawa Public Schools community are with the student’s family and friends at this time.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office at 616.738.4000 or Silent Observer at 877.887.4536.

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