Holland—Kevin Babcock, a 44-year-old man, hit and killed Curtis Jacobs, a 19-year-old bicyclist, and seriously injured Christian Van Wyngarden, also 19, on Saturday on U.S. 31 near Holland. The two teens were part of a group of bicyclists. Mr. Babcock is now in jail on charges for second-degree murder and driving while intoxicated. When interrogated, the motorist admitted to consuming as many as twenty drinks before the 8:30 a.m. crash. Moreover, police reports showed he had a blood-alcohol level of .16 percent, which is twice the legal limit.
Police reported that Babcock was speeding and driving erratically, and that he drove through a red light and struck the two boys on their bicycles, as they were attempting to cross the highway with a larger group of bicyclists. After the collision, he backed the car up and attempted to drive away. However, police were able to stop him three miles north of the accident site.
Babcock’s license has been suspended since 1993, and his girlfriend is now being questioned because he was driving her car. If police find that she “knowingly permitted” him to drive her vehicle with a suspended license, she could face up to five years in prison. Berry alleges she did not know that Babcock had a suspended license, but was aware of his previous legal problems, including four alcohol-related driving convictions.
Curtis’s visitation will be today at Ridge Point Community Church with his funeral services to be held tomorrow, Friday July 3, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. at the same location.