GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — The man who caused a crash that killed B-93 radio host and Ionia County dispatcher, John Wiechenthal, isn’t facing any criminal charges.
Wiechenthal was killed in a crash last Dec. 21 after a pickup truck smashed into the rear end of his car, sending both vehicles into multiple utility poles. Kentwood police said they were following up on reports that the driver who hit Wiechenthal was driving erratically at the time of the collision.
Kentwood police investigators determined the pickup driver had a medical event while driving that caused the crash. A Kent County Prosecutor’s Office release said the truck was traveling nearly 100 mph at impact and the accelerator was 100 percent deployed with no attempt to brake at the time of the crash. The man appeared to have a seizure while driving.
After the crash, investigators discovered the man had recently undergone surgery for a brain tumor that brought a risk of seizures. However, the man wasn’t prevented from driving at the time of the crash and was found to have no drugs or alcohol in his system.