Stanton woman recovering after M-66 accident

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 1:10 pm on Wednesday, May 09, 2012

SIDNEY TOWNSHIP — A Stanton woman is still recovering almost a week after an accident caused by a young man who was not accustomed to driving a vehicle with major horsepower.

Troopers from the Michigan State Police Lakeview post responded to the accident, which occurred at 2:05 p.m. last Friday on M-66 just north of Holland Lake Road.

According to Trooper Brian Siemen, Damien Briggs, 19, of Kentwood was driving a 2002 Ford Mustang on Holland Lake Road. Briggs turned north on M-66 and accelerated too fast. The roads were wet from rain and the Ford Mustang spun out of control, going into the southbound lane and colliding with a 2001 Saturn.

“He was inexperienced at driving a car with that much horsepower,” Siemen summarized.

Heather Bitner, 38, of Stanton, was driving the Saturn. She was pinned in her vehicle for at least an hour while emergency crews worked to free her. She was taken via AeroMed to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, where she is listed in fair condition today.

Briggs was treated and released at the scene. Siemen said the accident report will be turned over to the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office. Briggs will likely be charged with careless driving causing injury.

Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors in the crash.

Assistance at the accident scene was provided by the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, Sheridan Fire Department, Montcalm County Ambulance, Belt’s Towing and Safety First Towing.


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