Alcohol suspected in serious dune crash.

October 27, 2021

Alcohol suspected in serious dune crash.

GOLDEN TOWNSHIP — Alcohol is believed to be a factor in a crash at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes Saturday, Oct. 23, according to an Oceana County Sheriff’s Office accident report.

Blood was drawn from a 62-year-old Fort Mitchell, Kentucky man who was the driver of a 2022 Polaris RZR XP 1000 that crashed around 2:40 p.m.

“The driver stated he jumped a hill and upon coming down on the opposite side, his vehicle ‘nose dived’ into the sand,” states the narrative of the accident report. “The driver advised that was all he could recall. The vehicle then rolled several times end-over-end and came to rest on its wheels. Both the driver and and the passenger were injured as a result of the crash.”

The passenger, who is a 67-year-old Crittenden, Kentucky woman, was transported by Life EMS to Mercy Hospital in Muskegon for serious injuries.

According to dispatch information relayed that day, Aeromed was called to a nearby landing zone to transport the injured woman to Grand Rapids. However, the Aeromed helicopter was forced to turn around due to storms en route to Oceana County from Grand Rapids. Dispatch relayed that both the driver and the passenger were unconscious following the crash. Neither were wearing helmets, according to the report.

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