REED CITY — One person died and several more were injured after a crash Tuesday night near Reed City, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.
In a release by the sheriff’s office it stated that at 6:51 p.m. Tuesday, deputies were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of 220th Avenue and 3 Mile Road in Richmond Township. The initial call indicated possibly more than one person had been ejected as a result of the crash.
Once on scene, police said deputies found a 12-year-old backseat male passenger had been ejected from a Ford Expedition and a 24-year-old male passenger had been partially ejected from the same vehicle. The 24-year-old, however, was deceased, according to police.
Deputies rendered care and first aid to the other five occupants of the vehicle and two other occupants of the second vehicle, a Ford Taurus, until EMS arrived on the scene, according to police. The preliminary investigation found the Ford Expedition, driven by a 32-year-old woman, was traveling southbound on 220th Avenue and police said she allegedly failed to stop at the intersection.
Police said the SUV struck the Taurus, ran into a power pole at the intersection and became entangled in the power pole’s guy wires. Police also said the 12-year-old boy sustained serious injuries and was transported to Corewell Health Reed City Hospital and then was airlifted to DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids and is in stable condition.
The 32-year-old woman who was driving the SUV received minor injuries and was treated at Corewell Health Reed City Hospital and released, according to police. The three other children in the SUV were transported from the scene of the crash for treatment of minor injuries at DeVos Children’s Hospital, according to police.
It also was determined by police through the investigation that the 32-year-old woman, 24-year-old decedent and the 12-year-old boy were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. Police said the occupants of the Ford Taurus, a 28-year-old male driver and a 31-year-old female passenger, received minor injuries but declined transport from the scene.
The investigation of the crash is ongoing and police said once completed a report will be forwarded to the Osceola County Prosecutor’s Office for review of potential charges.
The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Reed City Fire Department, Osceola County EMS, Mecosta County EMS, Aeromed, the Michigan State Police, Reed City Police Department, Hersey Fire Department, Lincoln Township Fire Department, Mecosta-Osceola Victim Support Team, Consumers Energy, Meceola Central Dispatch and Reed City Towing.