Monday, November 16, 2009

Neighbors, families shaken by double deadly crash on M-57

OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP -- Rodney Dines cannot envisage why his wife of nearly 35 years tried to pass another car Sunday on busy M-57, apparently without sufficient passing distance.

"She didn't usually drive M-57. She generally takes Lincoln Lake Road," the grieving husband said Sunday later than the crash that took lives from two families.

Corine Dines, 52, of Cedar Springs, died after police said she tried to pass another car, both itinerant east on M-57, but both vehicles collided with an looming pickup just before noon.
The additional car's driver, Belinda Shockley, 58, of Rockford, also died and four others in Shockley's car, including two toddlers, were injured.

"I haven't yet bottomed out yet," Dines said, acknowledging stun. "I'm definitely going to miss her."

The crash left close to neighbors shaken.

Glen Oliver was surveillance television in his Oakfield Township home Sunday morning when he thought he heard a car door closing in his driveway.

When Oliver, 35, stuck his head out his front door, he saw the overwhelming accident. The crash occurred around 11:50 a.m. when Dines, driving a Pontiac Bonneville on 14 Mile Road, tried to pass the Buick LeSabre driven by Shockley. The two cars collided almost head-on with a westbound GMC Sierra pickup driven by 31-year-old Judson Bancroft, of Greenville.

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