Greenville woman killed in weekend crash

By Daily News • Last Updated 5:47 pm on Thursday, September 22, 2011

ORLEANS TOWNSHIP — A Greenville woman died and four other people were injured in a chain reaction accident involving four vehicles on Saturday.
William “Bill” Delp, 90, of Greenville, had stopped his 2004 Chevy Malibu at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the northbound land on North State Road (M-66) just south of Belding Road (M-44) to turn left into Pierson Orchard and was waiting for southbound traffic to clear, according to the Ionia County Sheriff’s Department.
A 2002 Ford Explorer, driven by Diane Coffman, 68, of Lansing, rear-ended Delp’s car, pushing it into the southbound lane, where it was struck head-on by a 2000 Ranger driven by Martin Burns, 59, of Bellevue.
A 1994 Harley-Davidson motorcycle being driven by Paul Thomas Wilterdink, 58, of Cedar Springs then rear-ended Burns.
Delp’s wife, Frances Elaine Delp, 90, of Greenville, was pronounced dead on the scene. Four other accident victims received nonlife-threatening injuries and were transported to Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville and Sparrow Ionia Hospital for treatment.
A 15-year-old passenger in Coffman’s vehicle, Cory Osborn, was not injured in the crash.
Undersheriff Dale Miller said that the accident will remain under investigation until police can determine what happened.
“A reconstructionist will go through the cars to check for defects, etc.,” Miller said.
Alcohol and speed are not believed to be a factor in the crash.
The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Michigan State Police, Department of Natural Resources, the Ionia County Road Commission, Ionia County Animal Control, the Belding and Orleans fire departments and Life EMS Ambulance.

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