A Dorr man has been ordered to stand trial for a February freeway accident that injured a Wyoming police officer and a motorist he was assisting on U.S. 131.
Jeffrey Lee Huizinga, 36, is charged with failing to use due care when passing a stationary emergency vehicle, a two-year felony. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of moving violation causing serious impairment of a body function for injuries suffered by a Grand Rapids woman standing outside her disabled pickup truck.
Huizinga, who has a clean driving record, waived a probable cause hearing Wednesday, March 8 in Wyoming District Court, sending the case to Kent County Circuit Court. He is free on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.
The accident occurred shortly after 1 a.m. on Feb. 1 in the northbound lanes of U.S. 131 near 44th Street SW.
Wyoming officer Ryan Silvis was assisting a Grand Rapids woman, who lost control of her pickup and struck a concrete barrier dividing the north and southbound lanes of the freeway.
Silvis parked his patrol car near the disabled vehicle, which was blocking the left passing lane and part of the center lane. He activated lights to direct northbound traffic to an open lane of the freeway. As he walked towards the disabled motorist, identified as Kelsey Morgan Hickey, a northbound car driven by Huizinga struck the pickup, pushing it into Silvis, Wyoming police said.
The impact sent Silvis flying more than 30 feet forward. Hickey was pinned against the concrete barrier, police said.
Both were taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. Silvis has since returned to work.
The accident was investigated by Michigan State Police.
The Wyoming Department of Public Safety called attention to the accident to remind the public to slow down and proceed with caution when they observe emergency lights.