GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Troopers from the Grand Rapids Post were dispatched to a wrong-way driver, head-on, personal injury crash on eastbound 196 east of Lake Michigan Drive on April 17th, 2021 at approximately 10:15 PM.
Preliminary investigation reveals that a 33-year-old Grand Rapids man driving a 2008 GMC Yukon was traveling westbound in the eastbound lane of I-196 when he crashed, head-on, into a 2008 Toyota Yaris driven by a 41-year-old Grand Rapids woman. The driver of the Yukon then attempted to leave the scene, on foot, carrying his 9-year-old son who was a passenger in the vehicle. Officers from the Grand Rapids Police Department located the man and child near the crash scene. Both were transported to the hospital.
The female driver along with her 7 and 9-year-old passengers were transported to the hospital with injuries. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this crash, and it remains under investigation.
Troopers were assisted on scene by Grand Rapids Police Department, AMR Ambulance, and Merl’s Towing.