GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich—Police have released the victim's name after one person died and three others suffered minor injuries during a head-on crash Saturday afternoon near Caledonia.
At 1:34 p.m. Saturday, the Kent County Sheriff's Department and Caledonia Fire Department responded to a report of a head-on crash with injuries on 76th Street SE west of Patterson Avenue SE in Gaines Township. Witnesses said a woman was driving erratically, swerving and had failed to stop for a stop sign in a 2000 Ford Taurus while she was eastbound on 76th Street SE when the car crossed the center line and struck a westbound 2006 Toyota Sienna minivan head-on.
FOX 17 NEWS that the woman was in "extreme critical" condition. She was later pronounced dead at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.
At 11:30 a.m. Sunday, the Kent County Sheriff's Department identified the dead woman as Heather Leah Stacey, 40, of Caledonia Township. She was alone in her vehicle and was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
The minivan contained three occupants -- Dawn Termolen, a 33-year-old mother (who was the driver), and Faith Termolen, her 4-year-old daughter, both from Kalamazoo plus the child's grandmother, Carol Boverhof, 56, of Caledonia. All were wearing seat belts or in a car seat, got out of the vehicle on their own and were transported by ambulance to Butterworth with soreness, pain and bruises from the seat belts.
Life EMS, the Dutton Fire Department and the Caledonia Fire Department assisted the Kent County Sheriff's Department at the scene.
Deputies said it was unknown if alcohol or other substances were a factor in the crash.