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Former Hope College Soccer Player Killed in Kalamazoo Area Crash

Justin Bailey (photo courtesy Hope College)
Justin Bailey (photo courtesy Hope College)

HOLLAND, MI (WHTC News) - Hope College was in mourning on Friday after learning of the death of one of its former soccer players.

Justin Bailey came to Holland from Portage in the fall of 2006 and became a four-year varsity letter winner before his graduation 13 months ago. The now 23-year-old man moved to Grand Rapids and was a fellow AT&T contractor from the Calder City, 25-year-old Mark Angelocci, when their car was rearended on a suburban Kalamazoo street on Thursday afternoon.

According to authorities, the vehicle was traveling on 6th Street near Heritage Drive in Texas Township when it was struck by a pickup truck going over 100 miles an hour. The force of the collision drove the car 10 feet into the air and into a tree. Bailey was killed instantly; Angelocci was taken to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo with critical injuries.

The 30-year-old truck driver sped off and was eventually found at his home nearby, although police had to use Tasers to subdue him. Bret Frame was arraigned on Friday on various charges that could land him in prison for life if convicted; he remains jailed on 250 thousand dollars bond.

Visitation for Bailey is set for Wednesday from 1 to 8 PM at the Langeland Westside Chapel on South 9th Street in Oshtemo, with a 1 PM Thursday funeral service at Centerpoint Church on North 19th Street in Kalamazoo.