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Arrest made in hit-and-run crash that killed a 14-year-old in Montcalm Co.

UPDATE 8/11/23 12:15 p.m.

Detectives from the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post have made an arrest in the fatal hit and run that claimed the life of a 14-year-old boy from Greenville. Thursday afternoon, detectives located the vehicle of interest, a VW Jetta. Later in the evening, detectives made an arrest of the alleged driver in the incident.

Brandy Sue Jones, 40, of Belding, was arraigned Friday morning in the Montcalm County 64B District Court on the following charges:

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1 count – Failure to stop at a crash causing death.

2 counts – Failure to stop at a crash causing serious impairment.

Troopers said numerous tips from the community helped them locate the vehicle and suspect.

8/10/23 3:30 p.m.

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Michigan State Police says investigators have a vehicle of interest in their possession.

8/10/23 9:20 p.m.

Michigan State Police said Thursday that investigators have determined that the vehicle involved in the fatal hit and run is a 1999-2005 VW Jetta, and it has dark blue/purple coloring on the vehicle.

Troopers said there will be damage to the windshield as well as a side window.

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Anyone with information about the vehicle or driver is asked to contact the MSP Lakeview Post at 989-352-8444.

8/9/23 6 p.m.

Michigan State police are still looking for the driver of a car that hit and killed a 14-year-old boy in Montcalm County.

Around 9:30 p.m., Tuesday night, Michigan Sate Police said a driver hit three teenage boys walking on Wise Road near County Line Road in Eureka township.

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“Unfortunately, one of the juveniles that were stuck was declared deceased on scene,” Michelle Robinson, the sixth district public information officer for Michigan State Police said.

Troopers said the other two boys were taken to Helen DeVos Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

They believe that the driver was in a Volkswagen Jetta.

“Troopers are actively investigating this incident and are asking for the public’s information or their assistance in helping us locate that vehicle. So if anybody knows of someone that has significant front end and windshield damage to a Volkswagen, please contact the Lake View post,” Robinson said. “Our biggest concern is to locate this individual so that we can talk to them and get their information as far as what happened.”

Kati Alexander lives on Wise Road, and she said that she hopes this deadly hit and run crash might provoke change to the area.

“It’s quite heavily trafficked. It’s one of the main roads that people use coming from out of town to go into town. People drive on it pretty quickly, I would say. I feel like most days everybody is going over the speed limit that goes past my house,” Alexander said. “I’m hoping with the construction that’s happening right now, that they’re going to be widening the road a little bit. But there’s nowhere really for anybody riding a bike or walking or anything to get very far off of the road where people are driving. So you just need to be careful and watch.”

UPDATE 8/9/23 12:00 p.m.

Michigan State Police said the boy who was killed was 14, though it was initially reported he was 13. He had a birthday several days ago, troopers said.

8/9/23 7:30 a.m.

A 14-year-old boy is dead after a hit and run crash, Montcalm County officials said.

The teenager was walking with two other boys when a vehicle ran into all three Tuesday, Aug. 8 around 9:30 p.m. and left the scene, officials said. They say it happened on Wise Road near West County Line Road in Eureka Township.

Officials say the 14-year-old died at the scene, and the two other boys were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

They say the car might be a Volkswagen Jetta but aren’t sure of the color. It will likely have severe front-end damage and possibly a broken windshield.

If you have any information on the hit and run, please call Michigan State Police in Lakeview at 989-352-8444.

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