Wyoming Public Safety has identified driver involved in fatal crash

UPDATE: The 21-year-old male driver in this crash has been identified, arrested and will be lodged at the Kent County Correctional Facility. The investigation continues so that the case can be brought to the Kent County Prosecutors Office for review.


On Tuesday, Jan. 10, at approximately 8:47 a.m., the Wyoming Department of Public Safety responded to the report of a serious vehicle traffic crash on 52nd Street just east of Byron Center Avenue SW, according to a police report. The crash occurred when a westbound vehicle driven by an unknown person struck Chelsea Crawford, 26, from Wyoming who was walking along the roadway. The vehicle then fled the scene.


Crawford was pronounced deceased at the scene by the medical examiner.


According to the police report, the striking vehicle is described as full-size Dodge Ram Pickup truck, red in color with a “V” plow on the front and scraper plow on the back. The vehicle a yellow light on the roof and had no discernible markings or writing on it.


Since the accident, investigators have been working diligently on all of the leads generated by the information on this case. This led to the impounding of the suspect vehicle last night in a parking lot located within the City of Wyoming. The vehicle is owned by a local landscape company and they are cooperating fully with the investigation.


“We again wish to thank members of the public who stepped up and gave up some very solid information that we were able to follow up on and assisted us in breaking the case to find the vehicle and suspect driver,” said Lt. Mark Easterly of the Wyoming Department of Public Safety.


“Our investigation continues and we ask that anyone with information to contact the Wyoming Department of Public Safety at 616.530.7300 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.”