41 yr old Woman Dies from Hit and Run in Holland Township

HOLLAND, MI – On Tuesday September 10th, 2019, at 12:02AM, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to subjects fighting in the parking lot of 136th Ave One Stop located at 690 136th Ave in Holland Township.

The Investigation indicates that a fight broke out between two sets of individuals in the parking lot. During the altercation the 41-year-old victim, now identified as Melissa Jean Yates, was knocked to the ground.

Witnesses saw a white Dodge Charger strike Melissa Yates. The front end of the vehicle ran over the woman. The vehicle did not stop and left the parking lot southbound. The victim was taken to Holland Community Hospital and then transferred to Spectrum Downtown with critical injuries.

The medical examiners office has advised the Sheriff’s Office that Melissa Yates has died from her injuries.

The investigation continues and Sheriff Detectives are still trying to locate a white Dodge Charger, believed to be a 2016 model.

Melissa Yates lived in Zeeland and was the mother of two children.

If anyone has information they are encouraged to call Silent Observer 1-877-88-SILENT.

Obituary for Melissa Yates

Melissa Yates, age 41, of Zeeland passed away and went to heaven rejoicing with her family and is at peace with the Lord on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

She is survived by her daughters, Marianne Ogden and Laura Ogden; grandson, Carter Hutcheson; soulmate Michael Grooms; mother and step-father, Cathy and Jim Parmer; father and step-mother, Ted and Carla Yates; sisters, Christine Yates, Erica Verhey; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 13, 2019 at 11:00 am at Lakeshore Memorial Services, 11939 James St. in Holland, with Pastor Ron Hansen officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Alcoholics Anonymous. Please visit www.lakeshorememorial.com to leave a message or memory for the family.

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