Ottawa County Sheriff's Office
Chain reaction crashes
Jun 4, 2014 at 7:43 PM
It was a chain reaction, authorities said.
After one woman drove her car off W. Fremont Road in Bay Township due to a medical condition, a truck driver gazing at crews helping the woman rear-ended another motorist, Ottawa County deputies said.
The initial crash occurred Wednesday afternoon when the woman drove her Pontiac Grand Am into a ditch near the BP station.
Ottawa County Sgt. Kent Davis said George Cutcher, 25, of Oak Harbor, was distracted by the first crash and slammed into another motorist who was stopped, trying to turn into the Commodore Perry Federal Credit Union.
"The second vehicle came in looking at the first crash," Davis said.
Cutcher's Dodge Ram and the Dodge Journey that was rear-ended suffered moderate damage, Davis said.
The driver who was rear-ended, and the initial driver who drove off the road, were both taken by EMS to the hospital, Davis said. They suffered minor injuries, he said.
Cutcher was cited for an assured clear distance violation, fictitious plates, and expired plates.
"He got a new car, never switched over the plates," Davis said.
Deputy Jim Haney responded to the first crash.
He said he believed the woman's injuries were minor, and that the driver was taken to the hospital for a "check up."
Within a half hour, the second crash occurred.
Ken's Towing towed the vehicles as the Bay Township Fire Department assisted at the scene.