Passenger severely injured after car hits a tree

Posted at 12:38 PM, Jan 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-09 12:38:47-05

PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A passenger was seriously injured and had to be extricated after the car they were riding in crashed into a tree.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department said it happened around 5:11 a.m. Saturday on 160th  Avenue just south of Lakewood Boulevard.

Deputies said the driver, 24-year-old Andrew Hellenthal, was headed southbound on 160th Avenue, when he lost control of the car. It crossed into the opposite lane and struck a tree on the drivers side of the vehicle.

The passenger, Nicholas Cooper, 24, was unconscious and pinned inside the vehicle.

Deputies said they extricated Cooper and he was transported to a local hospital with a severe head injury.

His current condition is unknown.

Hellenthal was not injured.

Deputies said speed was a factor.

The crash is still under investigation.