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Alcohol a factor in Allendale crash that injured four

The Holland Sentinel • Oct 5, 2018 at 8:01 PM

ALLENDALE TWP. — An 18-year-old Allendale man has been charged with operating while intoxicated causing serious injury after a crash that injured four people Thursday night.

According to Sgt. Jay Douglas of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred at 10:53 p.m. on Pierce Street, west of 52nd Avenue, in Allendale Township.

A 19-year-old Grand Valley State University student from Rochester was traveling west on Pierce in a 2008 Dodge Charger when he attempted to turn left into the Mystic Woods Apartments complex. A 2004 Volkswagen, driven by the Allendale man, was traveling behind the Charger and attempted to pass while the Charger was turning left.

The Volkswagen struck the driver’s side door of the Charger.

The 19-year-old was transported to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, where he is listed in serious condition.

The 18-year-old was injured and treated at Butterworth Hospital, and is currently lodged in the Ottawa County Jail, Douglas said.

Two passengers in the Volkswagen were also injured in the crash. The front-seat passenger, an 18-year-old Allendale man, is listed in serious condition at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.

The back-seat passenger, a 21-year-old Allendale man, refused treatment at the scene for his injuries. However, he later went to St Mary’s Hospital by private transportation.

All people involved, except for the back-seat passenger, were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, Douglas said.

Names are being withheld as the crash remains under investigation. Alcohol use was a factor in the crash, Douglas said.

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