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Pedestrian hit, killed by car on 28th Steet


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Grand Rapids man is dead after being hit by a car early Sunday morning.

It happened at around 12:45 a.m.

Grand Rapids police tell WZZM 13 Jimmie Lee Walker, 52, was crossing 28th Street, between Jefferson and Madison, when he was hit by a car. The investigation shows he was crossing from the south and paused in the center lane to let a westbound vehicle pass. When he continued walking, he was hit by another vehicle in the far right westbound lane.

Walker was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

The driver involved was not hurt.

The accident remains under investigation. Police do not believe alcohol was a factor.


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Hot rods and muscle cars flood 28th Street for Metro Cruise


WYOMING, Mich (WZZM) -- It's West Michigan car lovers' dream. Thousands of classic cars, hot rods and trucks parading down 28th Street for the 11th annual Metro Cruise. You don't have to know the difference between an intake valve and a carburetor to get chills from the roar. It's something so American. So visceral and addicting. As you can see from the crowds at the first night of the 28th Street Metro Cruise.

"You get 15,000 cars, a quarter million people, great food, great weather you know what more could you ask for?" says Metro Cruise board member Gregg Howard proudly.

"It's kind of a junior Woodward Dream Cruise and I think it's just getting bigger and better every year," says John Engelhard, owner of a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner 440.

Engelhard has been to all 11 Metro Cruises. The last five with his Road Runner.

Thousands attend annual Back to School Rally


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- It was a huge turnout for Bishop Marvin Sapp's 18th annual Back to School Rally.

Sapp hosted the event at Kingdom Square on Burton Avenue on Saturday. He is the President of Ellington Academy in Grand Rapids.

Thousands were in attendance. The event provided free backpacks and school supplies, as well as free food, games and rides for the kids.

Organizers say it is one way to help give back to the community. "A bunch of individuals in this community have come together for the purpose of making sure and ensuring that our young people are equipped and blessed," said Bishop Sapp of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church.

Saturday's rally was open to students from all over Grand Rapids.

28th St. Metro Cruise rolls into town


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's the weekend car lovers have waited for all year. The 28th St. Metro Cruise kicks off Friday, showcasing thousands of classic cars.

Roger's Plaza is the hub for much of the action.

For more than a decade, this event has attracted car enthusiasts from all over to West Michigan. There will be thousands of cars on display.

The event has something for everyone. The cruise officially opened at 4 p.m., but there's a blood drive kicked off at 2 p.m. and goes to 6 p.m. There's also a workshop for ladies presented by Kandi "Blaze" Thompson, who's teaching some general maintenance and introducing attendees to some of an engine's main components. There's also music, a pin-up contest, food, and appearances by Pete Chapouris. Learn more about the event here.

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Fire at trucking dealership destroys multiple semis


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Losses are estimated between $600,000 and $700,000 after an early-morning fire at a semi-truck dealership, the Wyoming fire department says.

Firefighters responded to Freightliner of Grand Rapids on Clay north of 54th St. shortly after 3 a.m. Several trucks were on fire at that point.

In all, eight trucks were involved in the fire - six of which were destroyed.

The fire department says crews brought the flames under control in about an hour. Firefighters were on the scene until about 6:30 a.m.

The fire's cause is still under investigation.


Mentally impaired woman, 40, found safe


UPDATE (10 a.m): Doris Vivas-Diaz has been found safe and unharmed.

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Wyoming Police Department is asking for your help to find a missing woman. Doris Vivas-Diaz, 40, left her family's home in the 2700 block of Avon around 10 p.m. Sunday and has not been seen since.

Ms. Vivas-Diaz is mentally impaired and is unable to function on her own without supervision.

She is described as a light skinned Hispanic who is approximately 5'6" and 220lbs. Ms. Vivas-Divas was last seen wearing a gray tank top and shorts.

Her family tells police she has never left before and this is out of character.

If you have any information, please call the Wyoming Police Department at (616) 530-7300.

Metro Health deal with Tennessee company off


WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) -- A planned partnership between Metro Health and a large, national for-profit health care company is no longer going to happen.

Tennessee-based Community Health Systems had been working on acquiring 80 percent of Metro Health for almost two years.

However, Metro Health on Monday announced the two cannot agree on some important details and the deal will not be closing.

The plan's supporters had said Metro Health would be financially stronger and have better resources under it, but critics were concerned about protecting the charitable assets of the nonprofit Metro Health.