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Sparta Man Dies When Car Hits Tree

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Police lights multiple nightPLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A driver failed to stop at the intersection of 7 Mile Road and Pine Island Drive and drove into a tree late Thursday night.

Timothy Hiemstra, 40, of Sparta was killed.

Hiemstra was driving in a Ford Focus around 11:20 p.m. eastbound on 7 Mile when the accident occurred, said a report from the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. He was the only one in the car.

It’s still too early in the investigation to know if alcohol was a factor, said the department.

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