Concerns over 28th Street pedestrian crashes

Car vs pedestrian

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Calls of concern coming from 28th street after three pedestrian crashes, in one week, have left two people dead. The crashes have happened in less than a three mile stretch from one another. 

The most recent occurring, Thursday night near the intersection of 28th and Longstreet Avenue, right next to Carlos Campa's family business. 

"There's always accidents and people trying to cross the street not at the crosswalk just straight across the intersection," Campa said.

"We see it all the time, there's close calls with people. There's a lot of people, their method is walking and taking the bus and they're out here and they have to risk it to cross that street." 

A risk, three different men have taken this week, with two losing their lives, including Ken DeWinter.

"You don't expect anything like this to happen and it just hurts a lot because Kenny was just such a genuine person," his friend, Mason McKay, said. 

►Related: DeWinters was struck Sunday night crossing 28th street between Jefferson and Madison avenue.

"It was very crushing. Not enough good things can be said about Kenny, he was a great guy," McKay said. "Just to see him go so young, it's aggravating. Maybe we need some reformation, some changes in the way that we do the traffic system," he added. 

Grand Rapids Police believe a second car may have hit DeWinter and left. They believe that car was a white or light colored SUV, if you have any information on who that driver might be you're urged to contact police. 

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