‘Huge loss’: Mom killed in hit-run near Holland

Ottawa County

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Family members of a woman who died after being run over in a party store parking lot near Holland are pleading for help in bringing the person responsible to justice.

The victim was Melissa Yates, 41, Ottawa County sheriff’s officials announced Tuesday afternoon.

The incident happened shortly after midnight Tuesday amid a fight in the parking lot of 136th One Stop located on 136th Avenue between James and Riley streets in Holland Township.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office said the fight involved two people. During it, Yates was knocked to the ground and then run over by a white Dodge Charger as it took off. The car didn’t stop and was last seen heading south on 136th Avenue, authorities say.

Yates died later at the hospital.

“I don’t even have words. It’s a tragedy that you can’t even comprehend,” her aunt Liz French told News 8 Tuesday.

Yates lived in Zeeland and was the mother of two children.

“She was sweet. She was kind. She loved her children. It’s a huge loss,” French said.

Authorities say they are still trying to locate the white Dodge Charger, which is believed to be a 2016 model.

“If anyone knows anything please call the police,” French said. “It can’t ever bring Melissa back but they need to call the police. Justice should be served.”

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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