Pedestrian hit and killed after jaywalking in GR

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A man died Thursday evening after police say they jaywalked across a busy Grand Rapids roadimage2.

Grand Rapids police say it happened just after 7 p.m. on 44th St SE west of Kalamazoo Ave. The 64-year-old pedestrian was crossing 44th but was struck by an SUV. He was trapped under the car and pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim has been identified as Martin Defouw of Grand Rapids.

Martin Jay Defouw

Martin Jay Defouw

Westbound traffic was shut down at the intersection.

The driver was not ticketed for the incident and wasn’t hurt. Police do not believe at this time that alcohol or drugs played a role in this crash.

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  • Sasha Jenae

    Why didn’t they remove the person from under the car? It appears that the body is still under the car right now and it is more than one hour since the incident occurred….it is possible they could have tried to revive the person if they were still under the vehicle.

  • nurse

    not always can they try to revive the person. depends on speed of the Suv and other factors. As a nurse I have helped at crashes like this . also being trapped under the suv can mean alot of things too. sorry i dont want to go into graphic detail about that.