One killed in Ottawa crash

One killed in Ottawa crash

There are 123 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Dec 25, 2008, titled One killed in Ottawa crash. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

Ottawa County dispatch has confirmed that a vehicle near the intersection of Tyler Street and 96th Avenue has flipped over and is upside down in a water-filled ditch.

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Millionaire

Littleton, CO

#1 Dec 25, 2008
What a sad way to die

“Trouble here in River City”

Since: Nov 08

West Michigan

#3 Dec 25, 2008
My sincere prayers for the family.
Broke College kid

Holland, MI

#5 Dec 25, 2008
Tugboat wrote:
Ha ha, I beat you Whiz-Bang. I was the first to offer prayers and such. Your prayers, while sincere, have been trumped by mine.
Merry Christmas yawl!!!
Are you drunk or something? A kid is dead and you're worried about bragging rights over who said prayers first?

“Be your own hero.”

Since: Jul 08

Location hidden

#6 Dec 25, 2008
Tugboat wrote:
Ha ha, I beat you Whiz-Bang. I was the first to offer prayers and such. Your prayers, while sincere, have been trumped by mine.
Merry Christmas yawl!!!
For a teacher, you sure are an embarrassment to the profession. Oh, who am I kidding, you're an embarrassment to the human race with these comments.

A child was killed and another will live with the nightmare. Parents will mourn at every Christmas. Maybe you could have a little compassion, or at the very least, just say nothing. This would be a time when it is better to choose your right to remain silent over your right to free speech.
Just Wondering

United States

#7 Dec 25, 2008
Offering My Truth wrote:
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For a teacher, you sure are an embarrassment to the profession. Oh, who am I kidding, you're an embarrassment to the human race with these comments.
A child was killed and another will live with the nightmare. Parents will mourn at every Christmas. Maybe you could have a little compassion, or at the very least, just say nothing. This would be a time when it is better to choose your right to remain silent over your right to free speech.
Need not say more!!!! Perfect!!!!!!
PRAY

Grand Rapids, MI

#8 Dec 25, 2008
Maybe we could pray for all of them! The driver, who will have to live with this for the rest of his life, the family, who will dread every Christmas, the witness who pulled him out of the truck--who all will remember this every Christmas and also whenever they pass the scene of this accident; and the medics and police who were at the scene.

Additionally, I will pray for Offering My Truth, Tugboat, and Broke College Kid. Accusing someone of being drunk, telling someone to choose their right to remain silent, and claiming "bragging rights" -- that you will be healed of the insecurity resulting in your inappropriate comments regarding this Christmas Day tragedy!
Sunshine

Holland, MI

#9 Dec 25, 2008
How can someone be in serious condition then later released?
Wendy

Greenville, MI

#10 Dec 25, 2008
Offering My Truth wrote:
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For a teacher, you sure are an embarrassment to the profession. Oh, who am I kidding, you're an embarrassment to the human race with these comments.
A child was killed and another will live with the nightmare. Parents will mourn at every Christmas. Maybe you could have a little compassion, or at the very least, just say nothing. This would be a time when it is better to choose your right to remain silent over your right to free speech.
I could not say what you just stated any better! How sad it is when someone dies, but then to have to live with the grief for the rest of one's life can be unbearable. My thoughts and prayers are with this young man's family and friends. For the young man who was driving, I hope he doesn't blame himself because accidents DO happen and it was not his fault. My thoughts are very much with him at this time also. Everyone should be grateful for their friends and family and all they have at this time of year.
Minerva

Detroit, MI

#11 Dec 25, 2008
My heart just aches for this boy's family. It's a tragedy at any time, but to lose a child on Christmas Day is heartbreaking. Life is so fragile. A reminder for all of us to cherish those we love and let them know it everyday.
Yooper

Mountain Home, AR

#12 Dec 25, 2008
My condolences to the families of these two young people. But I am curious as to why they were taken to Spectrum when Zeeland Community Hospital was much closer?
Concerned Mom

Allendale, MI

#13 Dec 25, 2008
My heartfelt and sincere prayers go to the families of both boys. My son attends ZEHS and is hurt by this as well. May we all keep the families and friends in our prayers at this time, as well as for those who choose to make light of such a tragedy. May God grant everyone Peace during this difficult time.
Concerned Mom

Allendale, MI

#14 Dec 25, 2008
Tugboat wrote:
Ha ha, I beat you Whiz-Bang. I was the first to offer prayers and such. Your prayers, while sincere, have been trumped by mine.
Merry Christmas yawl!!!
You have earned a top spot on my prayer list. Please do not make light of so many peoples' tragedies. To read that you are a teacher as well. You are a role model to many. Please act that way.
So Very Sorry

Littleton, CO

#15 Dec 25, 2008
Yooper wrote:
My condolences to the families of these two young people. But I am curious as to why they were taken to Spectrum when Zeeland Community Hospital was much closer?
I think Butterworth specializes in traumatic injuries. That's where my family member was taken when he was seriously injured.

Prayers on behalf of the families and friends of the two victims! It is awfully icy out there. It could happen to anyone.
mmmsmsmsms

Grand Rapids, MI

#16 Dec 25, 2008
how can he be seriously hurt then released ,,great news coverage.

Now how fast was he driving to flip that truck???

The family who lost their boy ,my heart goes out to them.

Another story by TV 8 with out the details .

Since: Oct 08

Holland

#17 Dec 25, 2008
Yooper wrote:
My condolences to the families of these two young people. But I am curious as to why they were taken to Spectrum when Zeeland Community Hospital was much closer?
Spectrum is the final destination for victims with serious head injuries. Holland Hospital doesn't even treat them, only stabilizes them for spectrum. I'd trust Zeeland with a fracture or sutures, nothing more.
ems worker

Hudsonville, MI

#18 Dec 25, 2008
Yooper wrote:
My condolences to the families of these two young people. But I am curious as to why they were taken to Spectrum when Zeeland Community Hospital was much closer?
to answer the question as to which hospital is best equiped to handle the patients....butterworth is the regional level one trauma center...paramedics on scene contact the closest hospital (zeeland in this case) and advise the staff of patients and their condition, at which time, they (staff and emergency room doctors) make a decision as to go directly to the trauma center, stop at their (zeeland hosp) first.
sosorry

Mount Pleasant, MI

#19 Dec 25, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I'm so so sorry. :(
grtvwatcher

United States

#20 Dec 25, 2008
Yooper wrote:
My condolences to the families of these two young people. But I am curious as to why they were taken to Spectrum when Zeeland Community Hospital was much closer?
Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and Spectrum Health Butteworth Hospital is a Level I trauma center. The victims have a better chance of survival at a trauma center not a community hospital.

Since: Oct 08

Holland

#21 Dec 25, 2008
mmmsmsmsms wrote:
how can he be seriously hurt then released ,,great news coverage.
Now how fast was he driving to flip that truck???
The family who lost their boy ,my heart goes out to them.
Another story by TV 8 with out the details .
I see nothing wrong with this story. The accident investigators wont release their findings until all the facts are in. I once rolled a truck into a ditch at speeds less than 25MPH. Wood released what they had, they're reporters not accident reconstruction experts.
Heartfelt condolences

United States

#22 Dec 25, 2008
As a person that just suffered from my fiance hitting a tree yesterday doing 20 miles an hour on these crappy roads, I am so very sorry for this grief stricken family. However, some of the blame needs to be placed on the State of Michigan for not making sure the budget had enough money to care for the roads when they get in such horrible conditions. As my fiance said, they had enough money to redo I94, M40, and all other roads in the summer, so where the heck did all the money go for the winter fund? Maybe all of us that have had accidents like this should go to Lansing and ask that question.....This family will never be the same, and I feel great grief for everyone involved.

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