Hudsonville man killed in accident

Hudsonville man killed in accident

There are 65 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Oct 27, 2008, titled Hudsonville man killed in accident. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

A 19-year-old man from Hudsonville died after being injured in a traffic crash at a Georgetown Township intersection.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan.

ASST NEWS DIRECTOR

Grand Rapids, MI

#21 Oct 27, 2008
I usually don't post on the Topix forums, but I thought this time it was necessary to clear up some of the statements on this thread.

For those who have commented, at 24 Hour News 8 we are VERY careful about not releasing names of crash victims before authorities have released the name of the deceased; in fact, sometimes we wait a little longer to post the name out of respect for the individual.

The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. and the story wasn't posted on woodtv.com until 8:00 p.m.
Trust me when I tell you we try to be very sensitive about the devastation we have to report and the impact it may have on the families involved.
Personally, I have been looking for background information on Brad throughout the night to tell our viewers more about who he really was. As a fellow human, this story touches me, just like the story of the young man from Grand Rapids who died while walking in New York City. It is scary how quickly life can be lost.

People are looking for information and that is the role we play in all of this. Please don't think, we as journalists, sit here and hope for something bad to happen because that is not the case. We are part of this community and have feelings as well.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Brad's family.

Andrew Gillfillan
WOOD TV Assistant News Director
-Friend-

Grand Haven, MI

#22 Oct 27, 2008
I went to Hudsonville High School with Brad, he is a good friend. And everyone should be supporting his family they're really GREAT people. There should be more people like Brad, he's a really great person to be around. And always had a positive up beat attitude, gave off good energy & guitar was his thing. Theres those people like him you'll never forget.
Will miss you Brad. See you again one day!:)
Tom

Holland, MI

#23 Oct 27, 2008
What do you not understand about a public news release. WOOD didn't get that info or the name from a guy standing on the street---they reported what they received in a press release from police. That information's public. At that point WOOD has an OBLIGATION to report the information...not sit on it for 6 hours while it's reported everywhere first. Beyond that, news like this can go a long way in FIGHTING the rumor mill that kicks into high gear when something like this happens.
Friend of Brad

Comstock Park, MI

#24 Oct 27, 2008
Brad was absolutely wonderful, great christian, and one of the best friends any person could ask for. He always put others before himself, and used his music to tell wonderful stories. His smile always lit up the room and he will be greatly missed. There should be more people in the world like him and for people to comment about anything other than their sympathies for the family are absolutely terrible. You all should be ashamed to use up the space for people to post their thoughts for Brad and use it for complaints. That is disgraceful.

Rest in Peace Brad, We love you...
Phil

United States

#25 Oct 27, 2008
Im speechless as I would guess many of his good friends are. To his parents or family if you read this just know that he had many friends that feel your pain and hope that you can and pray that you make it through this. RIP Doaner.
eaglemom2

Allendale, MI

#26 Oct 27, 2008
As the mother of an 18 year old eagle grad my heart goes out to the entire Doane family, both immediate and extended. Also to the woman who hit him. Although, a horrible accident she had no control over, what a thing to have to carry with you. Thankfully both she and her son were okay. Most likely because she was driving an SUV. It is a blessing each time my son pulls safely in the driveway. Our family is praying for all involved and urge all of you to do the same. I have to say, I do agree with all who commented about woodtv8's rush to publish. I found out last year that my brother had been in a terrible construction accident by watching the 6 oclock news. Apparently if one doesn't die (just horribley injured) they don't even wait for all immediate family to be notified. As for you Dave, in G.R. tell me why you felt the need to suggest that he might still be alive if he'd been hit by a different vehicle. At this point it doesn't really matter. Everyone taking the time to read this please, drive carefully. We've all found ourselves at one time or another ready to pull out only to realize at just the last second it is unsafe to do so.
Mike DeJong

United States

#27 Oct 27, 2008
I tought a Junior High bible study that Brad was part of. He was one of the brigtest kids I ever met. He was able to describe the angle in Revelations to a tee. I have no doubt what soever that Brad has gone on to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It was not because of me. He was well on his way before I ever met him. That was one fantastic kid. Now he is rewarded with eternal life. I know for sure. Pray for his family. I am thankful that he was a part of my life. He will be very sorely missed.
Jason

Hudsonville, MI

#28 Oct 27, 2008
I live in Hudsonville. Tonight I will hold my children closer, love my wife more, and appreciate life with greater enthusiasm. Every morning we wake up with assumption that we will go to bed that night. This must be a very hard time for the family. It saddened me to hear of this tragedy.

Blessings to all.
Allison

Allendale, MI

#29 Oct 27, 2008
On behalf of our class, which is more like a family:

Brad, we'll miss you. Thanks for being a part of our lives; it was more a pleasure to know you.

GEO211
blockbuster friend

Allendale, MI

#30 Oct 28, 2008
grammar and proper spelling is not a topic of concern right now. please drop it, immediately. brad doane was one of the nicest men on the face of the earth. he was kind-hearted and a saint when it came to generosity. my prayers and condolences are with his family. brad, rest in peace buddy. well all see you sooner or later...
Jeff

Grand Rapids, MI

#31 Oct 28, 2008
I was in his mineralogy class too, and i've gotta say, Brad was an amazing guy. He was always really cool to everyone around him, and just one of those guys you like to hang around. My sympathy to the family, and my prayers to Brad.
still in shock

Holland, MI

#32 Oct 28, 2008
Brad was such a good person, he got along with everybody, it will be hard for pepole in Hudsonville.
God Bless the Doane family,
Brad Doane, always remembered, never forgotten.
eaglemom3

Downers Grove, IL

#33 Oct 28, 2008
God Bless the Doane Family at this sad time I hope they can find peace and strength from their family and Brad's many friends. Brad was not only a friend to my son but to everyone in Hudsonville. He had a quick smile and a wonderful attitude about life. Whatever it handed him he had an amazingly positive perspective guided by his beliefs. Brad you will be greatly missed and never forgotten. We love you man!
Tara

Birch Run, MI

#34 Oct 28, 2008
I'm wondering if you have more details about the SUV that was involved in the accident. Was it a Jeep?
Concerned in hudsonville

Downers Grove, IL

#35 Oct 28, 2008
This is not the first accident at this corner. With all of the traffic from the new subdivisions as well as GVSU it has become a scene of too many fatal accidents. How many loved ones do we need to lose before we put in a light or at least a 4 way stop with a light! Lets push for this now so we don't have another family with a broken heart!

Since: Oct 07

Cloud Nine

#36 Oct 28, 2008
Tara wrote:
I'm wondering if you have more details about the SUV that was involved in the accident. Was it a Jeep?
I did read in an article on mlive that it was a Jeep.
Tara

Birch Run, MI

#37 Oct 28, 2008
There needs to be a 4 way stop put in right there. I am very familiar with that intersection. As well as at 28th and Bauer. This is going to happen again if more isn't done to keep driver's "aware". My sympathy goes out to the family of Brad Doane.

Since: Oct 07

Cloud Nine

#38 Oct 28, 2008
Because this is a bad area people that drive out there really need to be extra cautious. When I come to a stop sign the first thing I do is look to see if it is a 4 way stop or a two way stop. Most of the intersections out that direction are two stops the north/south roads have the stop signs and the east/west road have the right away.

If I am heading east on Bauer and see a vehicle approaching an intersection I always slow down just incase that person doesn't realize it is a 2 way stop.

I agree 4 way stops would be very helpful in that area.
stuff happens

United States

#39 Oct 28, 2008
traffic control is not the issue at that intersection. there are stop signs posted for north and south traffic. this was an accident. Nobody wants to come out and put the blame of the accident on the one who lost his life, but that is where the balme lies. i am not trying to iner that he was not a careful driver, but mistakes do happen. as far as this corner being the scene of "too many fatal accidents" you are wrong....you can get the numbers from the road comm. or the sheriff office.
rewers

Holland, MI

#40 Oct 28, 2008
wow. This guy is amazing. He was supposed to play a concert with his band at the orbit room in November and I was going to go. He said he'd give me personal guitar lessons there because I just started writing my own songs. I'll dedicate a song to you brad. Thanks for showing me how much god really does love me. And I know that you and him are chillin together in heaven right now. You will never be forgetten brad. If anything, I will get to know you better. Love ya man - Anthony Rewers - Allendale high school young life..

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