HOLLAND TWP., MI (WHTC) - A common thread of failing to yield the right of way led to two crashes on Holland's North Side about six hours apart yesterday.
The first occurred around 1:21 PM, as 56-year-old Jorge Flores-Licea of Holland wanted to pull onto Butternut Drive north of Riley Street, while 58-year-old Terry Moore, also of Holland, was driving northbound. Ottawa County Sheriff's Sergeant David VanderPloeg said that Flores-Licea pulled out of a driveway and into the path of Moore's vehicle. Flores-Licea was treated for minor injuries at Holland Hospital; Moore wasn't hurt.
The second wreck occurred around 6:40 PM, a three-vehicle pileup on River Avenue at Douglas Avenue near the base of the River Avenue Bridge, when 55-year-old Thomas Franks of West Olive was eastbound and wanted to turn left, 50-year-old Tania Flournoy of Holland Township was westbound, and 61-year-old Sally Harper of Holland Township was stopped and waiting for the light to change. Sheriff's Sergeant Matt Wildfong said that Franks turned left on a blinking yellow, collided with Flournoy's vehicle, and the force of the crash sent both vehicles onto Harper's vehicle. Flournoy was treated for minor injuries at Holland Hospital; the other two drivers weren't hurt.
Both crashes remain under investigation.