Elderly victim of deadly Grand Rapids crash identified

On Wednesday night Aug. 23, Joy and John Gillette were hit by a car while walking their dogs.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Grand Rapids police have identified the woman killed Wednesday night, when she was hit by a car.  

Police say 75-year-old Joy Gillette was walking with her husband John and their two dogs when a car failed to make the curve, left the road, and struck them.

Gillette was killed in the incident, and her husband, 77, was taken to the hospital and is being treated for a broken leg and head injury. One of the dogs was also killed. Police say the second dog showed up at their home a short time later.  

The incident happened on the east side of Grand Rapids at 3400 Michigan Street NE and Twin Lake Drive.

The driver is being investigated for operating while intoxicated, police say.  The 34-year-old female driver and her passenger were not injured. 

Anyone with any information is asked to contact GRPD at 616-456-3771. 

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