Driver hits elderly couple in western Mich., killing 1

Associated Press

Grand Rapids — Authorities say a driver hit an elderly couple walking their dogs in western Michigan, killing one of them and one of the dogs.

The Grand Rapids Police Department says 75-year-old Joy Gillette was walking with her 77-year-old husband on Thursday night when the driver failed to negotiate a turn and went off the road. Police say Gillette was pronounced dead at a hospital and her husband was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Police say one dog died of crash injuries at the scene and the other returned to the couple’s Grand Rapids home.

The vehicle ended up in a nearby ravine. Police say the 34-year-old woman who was driving and her passenger weren’t injured.

The crash is under investigation, but police say alcohol may be a factor.