Gowen man cited for disregarding a traffic signal in Greenville crash


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:42 am on Thursday, July 19, 2012

The driver of this green Saturn Vue, Patricia Miller, 57, of Belding, was struck after Steven Hirzel, 60, of Gowen, ran a red light at the intersection of Satterlee and M-57. Miller was transported to the hospital from the scene for neck and back injuries. Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE – Both drivers involved in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday evening where taken to the hospital.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident at 5:51 p.m. at the intersection of M-57 and Satterlee.

“According to witnesses, the driver of the Saturn had the green light to turn eastbound onto M-57,” said Deputy Justin Schafer. “The driver of the van ran the red light.”

According to a press release issued this morning, Patricia Miller, age 57, of Belding was the driver of the green Saturn Vue, while Steven Hirzel, age 60, of Gowen, was the driver of the white Chevrolet full-size van.

Schafer said Miller had back and neck pain and was transported from the scene to Spectrum Health United Hospital.

The pres releases states Hirzel refused treatment at the scene and was later transported to the hospital by a private vehicle.

After the van was loaded onto the bed of a Safety First tow truck, it caught fire. Firefighters from the Greenville Department of Public Safety extinguished the fire. Daily News/Kelli Ameling

While Hirzel’s van was being loaded onto the bed of a Safety First tow truck, the van began to catch fire and the Greenville Department of Public Safety was called to extinguish the fire.

Hirzel was cited for disregarding a traffic signal, the release stated.

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