Traverse City Record-Eagle


November 12, 2012

Woman trying to avoid deer brakes, dies in crash

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a woman trying to avoid hitting a deer caused a crash that killed her and injured two other people.

The crash happened about 9:30 a.m. Monday on southbound U.S. 131 in Kent County's Plainfield Township, about seven miles north of Grand Rapids.

Sheriff's Sgt. Roger Zoppa tells that the woman slammed on her car's brakes when she saw the deer. Zoppa says another car behind the woman was unable to stop and rear-ended the woman's car.

The sergeant says the woman ended up pinned in her car in a ditch and died at the scene. Her name wasn't immediately released.

Zoppa says two people in the second car were taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital and treated for minor injuries.


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