Kent County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a car versus pedestrian accident in the 7000 Block of Mindew Drive S.W. in Byron Township just after 2 p.m. on Sept. 2, according to a KCSO news release.
The deputies investigation showed a 9-year-old boy was sitting in the driver seat of his great aunt’s 2015 Toyota parked in the driveway of the home with the engine running. The boy’s sister,7, was sitting in the front passenger seat.
The children were in the car waiting for their great-aunt, Jan Marie Junewick, 56, from Caledonia Township, to come out of the house to go out to eat. Witnesses said that Junewick was standing next to the open driver’s side door of the Toyota when it suddenly accelerated in reverse, knocking her to the ground.
The vehicle continued to accelerate in reverse and struck an unoccupied vehicle parked in the street. Junewick was transported to Butterworth Hospital where she later died from her injuries. The children, who are not being identified, were not injured.
Byron Fire Department and AMR Ambulance assisted deputies. The accident remains under investigation.