Grand Rapids crash kills Kentwood man, injures driver

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids police are investigating a crash on the city’s southeast side that killed a Kentwood man.

Police were alerted to the crash around 12:40 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of 32nd Avenue and Chamberlain Street SE. Investigators say two people were inside the vehicle, which veered off the road and hit a tree.

Officers say the passenger, a 47-year-old Kentwood man, was thrown from the vehicle. Police say he wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

The passenger was taken to Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hospital, where he died from his injuries. Police aren’t releasing his name until his family is notified of his death.

The 39-year-old woman who was driving remained inside the car after the crash. She was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries.

Police believe alcohol played a role in this crash.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Sgt. Rob Veenstra at 616.456.3771 or rveenstr@grcity.us, Officer Justin Ewald at 616.456.4282 or jewald@grcity.us; Officer Frank Barthel 616.456.3938 or fbarthel@grcity.us. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Silent Observer at 616.774.2345 or www.silentobserver.org.