Grand Rapids woman dies in crash after fleeing police at high pace, crashing into pole

WYOMING, MI – An 18-year-old Grand Rapids woman died after fleeing police at high speed and then crashing into a median on Division Avenue and then into a pole.

Police said they had stopped a chase before the crash.

The vehicle crashed in the Division Avenue and Alger Street area around 1 a.m. on Wednesday, April 21.

The driver, the only occupant of the vehicle, was identified as 18-year-old Shynia Jones.

Wyoming police said an officer first spotted an unregistered vehicle on SW 44th Street and Division Avenue. The vehicle matched the description of a vehicle that had been picked up a few hours earlier during an armed carjacking in Grand Rapids.

The police later discovered after the accident that it was not the same vehicle.

The driver fled the cruiser at high speed and escaped the officer. Shortly thereafter, another officer saw a vehicle give a red light on South Division Avenue and 36th Street and began a chase. The vehicle had no taillights and was traveling 80-90 mph, police said.

The vehicle was traveling north on Division Avenue and through 28th Street at “reckless speed,” police said. The chase officer lost sight of the vehicle and ended the chase for safety reasons.

Moments later, the officer saw a cloud of dust in Division Avenue and Alger Street. He found that the vehicle had crashed.

An investigation found that the vehicle hit a boulevard median, blew up, and hit a light pole on the east side of the street. The driver was expelled from the vehicle and died on the scene.

Wyoming police said they did not know why Jones fled the police.

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