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Grand Rapids area man pleads 'no contest' in fatal car accident involving Morley teen


A Grand Rapids area man is pleading no contest to a drunk driving accident that killed a Mecosta County teen last November.


This morning in Kent County Circuit Court, 40-year old Ted Vandenbrink pleaded no contest to a felony charge of operating while intoxicated in connection to a three car accident that killed a 17-year old Morley girl.


Police say on November 13th,  Vandenbrink was traveling west on 6 Mile Rd NW when he went through a stop sign and struck a mini van which then collided with another pickup truck.


The driver of the mini van, 49-year old Beth Cook and her passengers 53-year old Randell Cook received minor injuries while 17-year old Meghan Cook died at the scene from her injuries.


Vandenbrink faces up to 15 years in prison when he's sentenced next month.   


Local High School Schedule & Scores

Week of 1/30/23:

Big Rapids:

Tuesday 1/31:

   - Girls Bball v Cadillac - 7:00pm W 55-42

   - Boys BBall @ Cedar Springs - 7:00pm W 38-32

Wednesday 2/1:

   - Boys Wrestling v Central Montcalm - 5:00pm

Friday 2/3:

   - Girls Bball v Morely Stanwood - 6:00pm 

   - Boys Bball v Morely Stanwood - 7:30pm

   - Boys Hockey @ Petosky - 6:00pm

Saturday 2/4:

    - Boys Hockey v Mattawan - 1:30pm

    - Boys Wrestling @ Grant - TBD CSAA Tourney

Reed City: 

Tuesday 1/31:

   - Girls Bball v Manistee - 7:00pm  W 59-44

   - Boys Bball @ Manistee: W 47-42

Wednesday 2/1:

   - Boys Wrestling @ 131 Showdown - 5:30pm

Friday 1/27:

   - Girls BBall @ Howard City - 6:00pm

   - Boys BBall @ Howard City - 7:30pm


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