Teen charged in October crash that killed Kenowa Hills High School student

A Walker teenager is facing a misdemeanor charge for a traffic accident that killed another teenager in Alpine Township.

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, MICH. - A Walker teen has been charged with moving violation causing death for a fatal accident last month that killed a Kenowa Hills High School junior and critically injured another driver.

Kassidy C. Corner, 19, is facing two charges stemming from the Oct. 8 accident at 6 Mile Road and Fruit Ridge Avenue NW – one of two fatal accidents at the Alpine Township intersection in as many months.

Kent County sheriff’s deputies say she was driving a GMC Yukon west on 6 Mile when she ran a stop sign and struck a vehicle headed south on Fruit Ridge Avenue about 10:40 p.m.

A passenger in the Yukon, 16-year-old Aubrey Marie Staple, was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the other vehicle, a 28-year-old Walker woman, was critically injured.

Corner is charged with moving violation causing death, which is punishable by up to a year in jail, and moving violation causing serious impairment, which carries a 93-day term. A warrant charging her was authorized on Nov. 2.

The other fatal crash occurred Nov. 13 when a motorist heading west on Six Mile Road disregarded the same stop sign, leading to a three-vehicle crash that killed a Mecosta County teen. 

Ted Allen Vandenbrink, 39, is charged with intoxicated driving causing death, a 15-year felony. He’ll be in court for a probable cause hearing on Nov. 28. Vandenbrink remains in the Kent County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

The collision killed 17-year-old Megan Erin Cook of Morley, who was a passenger in a van.

Vandenbrink admitted to consuming one Bloody Mary and two 12-ounce cans of Busch Lite beer prior to the crash, court records show.

A  breath test indicated that Vandenbrink had a blood alcohol level of .167 percent and he also “performed poorly’’ on field sobriety tests, court records show. A motorist is considered intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or above.

(© 2016 WZZM)


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