Forest Hills Central student dies in Car/Pedestrian Accident


CASCADE TOWNSHIP, MI – On Friday, January 16th, 2015, at 7:15AM the Kent County Sheriff Department responded to a car/pedestrian accident with injuries on Cascade Road at Manchester Hills Drive.Lucas Vansprange

A 15-year-old male, Lucas Vansprange, was driven from his home to a school bus stop by his step-father.




The step-father had stopped his vehicle in the turn lane on Cascade Road. The 15-year-old exited the vehicle, ran behind it, and crossed the road to the north. He was hit by a westbound vehicle, driven by James McCarthy, 66-years-old, on Cascade Road.

The young man was treated at the scene by Cascade Rescue and transported by Life Ambulance to Spectrum Hospital. He died of his injuries at the hospital. There were no injuries to the driver of the vehicle that struck him.

The accident is still under investigation.  The tragic accident was witnessed by several Forest Hills Central students who were waiting for a school bus.

Forest Hills Central High School was notified and activated their crisis intervention team.

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