Victims identified in fatal I-196 crash

4:16 PM, Oct 29, 2013   |    comments
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(October 29, 2013)

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Two people are dead, one person is hurt, and one person is missing after a chain of crashes on I-196 overnight.

The crashes happened just after midnight Tuesday in the westbound lanes of the highway near Lake Michigan Dr. NW. 

Michigan State Police say a vehicle carrying four people was traveling westbound at a very high speed when it lost control and struck the right guard rail.  That vehicle came to rest in the left lane of the highway.

A second vehicle stopped on the right shoulder to help the driver of the first vehicle.  A third vehicle then swerved to avoid the good Samaritan and hit the vehicle that was stopped in the left lane.

Two people in that first vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene.  A third person was taken to Spectrum Health with injuries.  A fourth person fled the scene on foot and has not been located, according to police. The driver of the third vehicle suffered minor injuries.

The driver of the first vehicle, Julien Alexander Tirado, 17, and a passenger, Kevin Singnoy Boonheaun, 17, both from Holland, were killed in the crash. The others involved in the crash have not yet been identified. The 4-door Honda Julien Tirado was driving is owned by a relative identified by the Michigan Secretary of State as Carmen Tirado, 51.

The 2000 Ford Ranger is owned by Devin Miller, 31, of Grandville. It's not clear at this time whether Miller was the driver involved in the crash.

The westbound lanes of I-196 were closed for about four hours but are now open to traffic.

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