Update on Fatal Traffic Accident in Kentwood

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.



4 thoughts on “Update on Fatal Traffic Accident in Kentwood

  1. I AM Ernest Poole’s oldest sister. We are heartbroken, and want to know the full, about why my brother was hit while he was in the crosswalk. I may be contacted at capstar633@gmail.

    He was my baby brother; he learned to walk holding MY hands. Please do not allow another family to be robbed of justice.

  2. Thanks so much for responding to our story Chiquita. I am so sorry about everything you have been through Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Kindest Regards, Colleen Pierson

  3. ANYONE Know WHY it is NOT against Michigan law to go 55 mph (as police officer told me) through a blinking yellow light? This incident caused the death of my brother, Ernest Poole on 4/27/15. I live in California, so I want to know. With at least 45 years of driving experience, I do not EVER recall that it was OK NOT to slow down when approaching a blinking yellow caution. Caution means to slow down. Why wasn’t this driver not ticketed? My baby brother meant EVERYTHING to me!

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