11.30.16: No criminal charges against driver in school teacher death
OTTAWA COUNTY, MI (Mlive) — Authorities say no criminal charges are planned against a truck driver hauling a long pole that crashed through an SUV’s windshield, causing a Holland Christian High School teacher’s death.
Kevin Witte, 37, was critically injured Sept. 26 when the pole swung out into the SUV’s travel lane. He died the following day.
Ottawa County sheriff’s investigators said a Parkway Electric truck driven by 61-year-old Thomas Heeringa was headed south — in the left hand turn lane — when the pole swung into the nearby southbound traffic lane as the truck turned onto Garden Avenue.
Police said the truck and pole measured 43-feet, 3-inches long. Any vehicle and overhang more than 40 feet requires an escort and Ottawa County Road Commission permit.
Sheriff’s investigators say they determined the company, Parkway Electric, was only responsible for an over-length citation.