Dale Woodwyk Remembered After Fatal Zeeland Crash

Posted at 10:18 PM, Jul 14, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-14 22:41:26-04

ZEELAND, Mich.- A deadly crash Saturday morning has a Muskegon County family mourning the loss of a great-grandfather and husband of more than 50 years.

Dale Woodwyk died from his injuries after police say an SUV ran a red light t-boning his car on Business 196.

He was heading to the Zeeland ‘Show and Shine’ Classic Car Show with his son, grandson and great-grandson.  His son, Delwyn Woodwyk says it’s something they do every year.

Delwyn says his Dad inspired all three generations to love “all things with motors.”

“A piece of your heart was left back at that intersection, and he’s gone,” Delwyn said recalling the crash.

16-year-old Andrew Woodwyk was riding with his grandpa in his ’76 Pontiac Grand Prix when it happened.

“He was bleeding, he was bleeding very badly,” Andrew said.

Family tells us Dale suffered a broken pelvis, torn aorta, punctured lungs and broken ribs.  He passed away at the hospital.

“He left this earth knowing that he was proud of us and we were proud of him,” Delwyn said.

They say they’ll hold on to the memories of the nights working on cars in the barn and the early mornings going out to breakfast.

It’s unclear right now if there will be any charges against the driver of the SUV.  No one else was hurt in the crash.