Authorized by Chief Thomas Hillen
At approximately 5:20 AM on today’s date, (4/27/15) the Kentwood Police Department, the Kentwood Fire Department, and Life Ambulance responded to a fatal traffic crash at the intersection of Broadmoor Ave SE (M37) and 44th St SE within the City of Kentwood. The preliminary investigation has determined that a vehicle, driven by a 60-year-old Grand Rapids resident, was southbound Broadmoor while a pedestrian was attempting to cross the road eastbound at the crosswalk on the north side of the intersection. The pedestrian was identified as 52-year-old Ernest Poole of Grand Rapids. The southbound vehicle struck Poole at the crosswalk. Poole was pronounced dead at the scene. The 60-year-old driver was transported to the hospital by Life Ambulance. The name of the 60-year-old driver of the vehicle is not being released at this time pending a full traffic crash investigation and/or determination of charges, if any.
The crash remains under investigation by the Kentwood Police Department Traffic Services Unit. Anyone with further information is asked to call the Traffic Services Unit at 698-6580.