June 23, 2014 at 9:36 am

Officials: Pastor found dead in submerged vehicle in West Michigan

Sidney Township — Officials say a 53-year-old pastor has been found dead in a vehicle submerged in Montcalm County lake.

The Grand Rapids Press reports sheriff’s deputies responded Sunday morning after someone spotted the vehicle in Lampman Lake and the body of Kurt Allen Hoffman was found. He was pastor at Trinity Church in nearby Stanton.

Authorities say they believe Hoffman failed to negotiate a curve on the road, struck a fallen tree and veered into the lake at a high speed. He was last reported seen by his family on Saturday morning, but the exact timing of the crash wasn’t immediately known.

The vehicle was in about 6 feet of water, roughly 30 feet from the road. The crash about 35 miles northeast of Grand Rapids is under investigation.