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Tree falls on vehicle, passenger dies in Lowell Township crash

Kent County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a fatal crash on Grand River Avenue between Bewell and Gulliford Roads in Lowell Township May 1 at about 3 p.m.

 

The initial investigation revealed that a 2017 Jeep driven by Judith Thumser, 83, from Lowell, was eastbound on Grand River Avenue. Witnesses at the scene said a tree fell and hit another tree; the second tree fell on the windshield and roof of Thumser’s vehicle.

 

The passenger, Howard Thumser, 90, from Lowell, was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident. Judith Thumser suffered minor injuries and was transported to Spectrum Health Butterworth by Rockford Ambulance.

 

Grand River Avenue was closed for an extended time during the investigation and while the Kent County Road Commission removed the fallen tree from the roadway.

Alcohol and excessive speed do not appear to be factors.

The accident is still under investigation.

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