Driver cited following 2-vehicle fiery crash

March 24, 2023

Driver cited following 2-vehicle fiery crash

HART TOWNSHIP — A 26-year-old North Muskegon man was cited by an Oceana County sheriff’s deputy for “careless/negligent” driving following a two-car crash that caused both cars to catch on fire Thursday, March 23, shortly before 4 p.m. at the intersection of York Road and 104th Avenue, according to a preliminary accident report by the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office.

 A 15-year-old Hart boy was transported by Life EMS to Trinity Health Mercy Hospital in Muskegon for injuries sustained in the crash, the report states.

The North Muskegon man was headed northwest in a 2012 Dodge Avenger on York Road and “advised he was not able to stop for the vehicle in front of him,” the preliminary report states. “It is not known if he was on a phone or why he did not slow down prior.” He then turned to the left going into oncoming traffic. Meanwhile, a 2014 Ford Focus driven by the 15-year-old Hart boy with a 43-year-old Hart man as passenger was starting to turn south on 104th Avenue, the report states. “Both vehicles came together, spinning off the road.” The Focus caught fire which then caused the Avenger to catch on fire. The North Muskegon man told the investigating deputy that he had “issues with power steering and possibly going over the speed limit.”

Alcohol and drugs were not factors in the crash, the report states. All three people involved were wearing seatbelts. The 43-year-old passenger received minor injuries.

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