US-131 near Post Drive - 11/12/12
UPDATE AT 4:00 P.M. (WZZM) -- Deputies are identifying the woman killed in a chain reaction accident involving a deer as a Stanwood resident, but say it appears the driver who rear-ended her vehicle was following too closely.
They say Anneke Jacoba Marek, 32, was killed when her car was hit from behind by a car driven by a Walloon Lake man.
According to deputies, Marek was southbound on U.S. 131 south of Post Drive around 9:15 a.m. Monday when a deer ran in front her car. Marek either slowed or stopped on the freeway to avoid the deer.
Another car, driven by Gary James Rende, 70, ran into the back of Marek's car, pushing it off the freeway. Marek was killed in the collision.
Rende was not injured, but his wife, Barbara, 66, suffered multiple non-life-threatening injuries. She was transported to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition Monday afternoon.
Deputies say it appears Rende was following too close to Marek's vehicle. They are sending the case to the Kent County Prosecutor's office for review and possible charges.
PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kent County Dispatch reports that southbound US-131 has reopened after a fatal crash earlier Monday morning.
The crash happened at about 9:30 a.m. on US-131 south of Post Drive. The highway was closed for almost three hours.
Witnesses tell WZZM 13 News on the scene that the crash was caused when a car slowed to avoid a deer that was in the roadway and was rear-ended by a minivan. The car then spun out of control and off of the roadway.
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