PORT SHELDON, Mich. — Javier Tinoco, 19, was critically injured after crashing his vehicle Wednesday, around 2:15 p.m.
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department said the Holland Township man was driving westbound on Croswell Street in Port Sheldon. He failed to stop at a stop sign and then crossed over Lake Shore Avenue.
Deputies said Tinoco’s 2003 Toyota SUV busted through a guardrail. His vehicle went airborne, cleared a fence, and hit several trees before landing. The vehicle came to rest at the bottom of an embankment on the wooded portion of a Consumer’s Energy generating facility.
The Port Sheldon Fire Department extricated Tinoco from his vehicle. The North Ottawa Ambulance rushed him to the hospital. No other vehicles collided with Tinoco’s SUV. He was initially reported to have critical injuries. He is now listed in serious condition at Holland Community Hospital. He has injuries to his head and legs.
Investigators are trying to figure out why he didn’t stop. They said alcohol is not a factor. It’s unknown if he was wearing his seatbelt.