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HOLLAND CHARTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Two people are dead and three others were seriously injured in a crash involving two vehicles at the intersection of 112th Avenue and Riley Street in Holland Township.

Investigators say it was just before 3:00 a.m. Thursday when a car with four people inside was headed northbound on 112th Avenue and collided with a westbound car that had the right of way on Riley Street. The northbound vehicle went through flashing red lights and hit the other car.

The drivers of both vehicles died.  The driver of the northbound car was Ector Juarez, 23, of Holland.  The driver of the westbound car was Alexander DeVriendt, 34, also of Holland.

One of the three passengers in Juarez's vehicle is in critical condition at the hospital. The other two are in serious condition.

Ottawa County investigators say that speed appears to be a factor in the crash. It is not known at this time if alcohol or drugs were factors.

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  • WRTolkas

    112th Avenue going south to Canyon Creek Road: I live on 112th and at least twice a year there are cars in the ditch in front of my house. The speed limit is not posted so some drivers take a devil may care attitude driving in either direction. I understand why the deceased westbound driver on Riley didn’t notice the northbound car driving up the hill on 112th to the intersection. You have to be blind, distracted, or don’t care not to see that stoplight from 112th. Riley is posted for 50 mph and 112th’s speed limit is a mystery. What I mean by a mystery is my GPS has the speed limit at 35 mph, but I’ve witnessed drivers traveling usually 45 to 55 mph hence the number of cars in my ditch. I’ve watched the population growth here in the last 18 years. Time to rethink and post reduced speed limits. My son-in-law was killed in this area eight years ago from an auto accident.

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