The Whitehall Police Department responded to areport of a single-car crash with injuries in the 200 block of West Lewis Street in Whitehall at 2:30 a.m. The investigation revealed that a vehicle driven by a 19-year-old resident of Lakewood Club had left the roadway, struck a chain link fence and came to rest against a building that is part of the Alcoa Howmet complex in Whitehall.
The teenager was transported to Hackley Hospital in Muskegon and then transferred by helicopter to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids where he is currently listed in critical condition. Police have not released his name at this time.
Police said so far no witnesses to the crash have been identified. They are conducting an investigation into the circumstances that led to the crash and said it appears that excessive speed was a factor and that at this point it has not been determined if alcohol was a contributing factor.
Troopers from the Michigan State Police Grand Haven Post and a State Police crash reconstructionist from the Sixth District Headquarters are assisting with the investigation.
Whitehall Police were assisted at the scene by the Montague Police Department, White Lake Fire Authority, White Lake Ambulance Authority, Montague Fire Authority and the Muskegon County Sheriff's Department.