Woman charged in death of 4-year-old boy on Leelanau Co. road

Gertrude Shorter is facing 5 years in prison for hitting and killing 4-year-old Gavin Punter.

A 63-year-old Kasson Township woman is being charged in the death of a 4-year-old boy on a Leelanau County road last summer.

Police say Gavin Punter was riding his tractor tricycle with his grandmother by his side when Gertrude Shorter hit the boy with the van she was driving.

The accident happened on Lakeshore Drive in Centerville Township.

Shorter faces a charge of failing to stop at an accident causing serious injury or death. If convicted, she faces a maximum of 5 years in prison.

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