Kent County Sheriff's deputies say it was a Sparta man who died when his vehicle ran a stop sign on Seven Mile road at Pine Island around 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

They identify the victim as Timothy Hiemstra, 40.


Deputies blame alcohol involvement for an earlier wreck in Spencer Township in northern Kent County.

21-year old Gregory Reed of Gowen ran his jeep into a tree on the other side of Eighteen Mile Road, west of Lincoln Lake.

He was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.


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