HOLLAND, Mich. – A morning crash on M-40 in which a Hamilton High School teacher was killed is rekindling memories of a similar accident nearly seven years ago.
Joshua Hoppe, 30, of Zeeland was killed Wednesday morning after his car was trapped under a semi truck south of I-196.
The crash took place around 6:19 a.m. in front of Tulip City Truck Stop on the southern edge of Holland in Allegan County. The tractor-trailer, driven by David St. John, 54, of Wellston, Mich., was pulling out of the restaurant parking lot onto northbound M-40. Hoppe apparently tried to stop but couldn’t. St. John was not hurt.
FOX 17 checked St. John’s driving record which came back clean.
In 2007, three members of a family were killed in a similar crash at the same location.
Thirty-eight-year-old Curt Boeve was behind the wheel of a van which killed him and two of his children Zachary Boeve, 13, and Emma Boeve, 4. Two of Boeve’s other sons in the car were also hurt.
The driver of the semi truck, Anthony Reyelts of Indiana, plead no contest to negligent homicide for the crash. He was sentenced to two years of probation and community service. Reyelts was also ordered to pay restitution for part of the funeral expenses.
FOX 17 tried to track down Revelts Wednesday. According to his Facebook he is currently doing maintenance work for a truck stop in Indiana.
Investigators said Reyelts pulled out of the truck stop even though he could not complete his turn to the north. Boeve could not stop his van before crashing into the semi truck, according to investigators.
Following the crash, MDOT and the City of Holland decided not to add a traffic signal in the area or lower the speed limit.
FOX 17 spoke with an MDOT spokesperson Wednesday who said there have been eight crashes at the location since 2004. Two of the accidents were fatal– the 2007 Boeve crash and the one from Wednesday morning.
An online petition began circulating Wednesday morning in Josh Hoppe’s name to have changes made to the stretch of M-40.