Names of drivers in fatal crash released.

July 9, 2021

Names of drivers in fatal crash released.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART TOWNSHIP — Ernesto Eugene Rodriguez, Jr., 30, of Shelby died in a head-on crash on Oceana Drive near Star Hill Friday, July 9, at 6:45 a.m., according to Lt. Shane Hasty of the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office.

Rodriguez was pronounced dead at the scene. He was southbound in a Kia when he crossed the center line and struck a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck driven by Johnathon Holland, 20, of Shelby, said Lt. Hasty. Holland was transported to Mercy Hospital in Muskegon by Life EMS.

Neither vehicle had passengers. 

It is not immediately known if alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash. An autopsy will be performed. 

Both Hart and Shelby fire departments assisted at the scene. Oceana Drive was closed in the vicinity of the crash for hours as police investigated the scene.

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