GRAND HAVEN, MICH. - Emergency personnel closed 144th Avenue near one of the entrances to River Haven Mobile Home Community after a two-car crash that occurred around 11:30 a.m. Monday.
According to the Grand Haven Tribune and officials they spoke with, a 2007 Chevy SUV exiting the River Haven community on Wintergreen Street ran a stop sign, and pulled into the path of a vehicle, a 2001 Volkswagen Passat, traveling south on 144th Avenue.
Peggy Brandon, 55, of Grand Haven, was driving at speeds not appropriate for the mobile home park, said Ottawa County Sheriff Sgt. Bob Ruster. Witnesses said she ran the stop sign and was struck on the driver’s side of the car by the southbound vehicle.
Brandon was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from her vehicle, Ruster said. She landed on the southeast side of the road.
She suffered multiple injuries including closed head injuries, Ruster said.
Brandon was transported by North Ottawa Community Hospital ambulance to the Odawa/Battle Point Boat Launch at the intersection of Mercury Drive and 144th Avenue. Then she was taken via AeroMed to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.
Ruster said that Brandon’s injuries were critical.
The other driver, Padriac O’Connor, 32, of Holland was checked by paramedics at the scene. He was not injured, Ruster said.
"That car there was barreling through our park,” said resident Ryan Vanklompenberg as he pointed at the red vehicle. “And it didn’t stop at the stop sign.”
Vanklompenberg said he was out by his garbage can when the car went by. He yelled at his wife to call 911 and ran out to the collision.
People were already stopping to help, he said.
The crash remains under investigation.