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Motorcyclist injured in crash with car

N-Car vs Motorcycle Kent County Sheriff badgeUPDATED October 25 with corrections regarding motorcyclist’s injuries:

A motorcyclist suffered severe injuries after a car collided with him Saturday afternoon, October 19.

According to Sgt. Ben Cammenga, of the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Michael Streeter, 55, of Sparta, was traveling southbound on White Creek Avenue, south of 17 Mile, when a northbound vehicle tried to turn left into Big Boy, and turned in front of the motorcycle, causing them to collide.

AeroMed was put on standby, but later cancelled. A call from the family confirmed that Streeter suffered a broken back, broken ribs, and a collapsed lung. He was in intensive care until Friday, October 25, and will move to Mary Free Bed for rehabilitation when he is better.

The driver of the vehicle, Jeffrey VanderKlipp, 48, of Rockford, was not injured.

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2 Responses to “Motorcyclist injured in crash with car”

  1. catreal walters says:

    My husband was on his motorcycle in grand rapids and was hit the same way On sept. 26. He spent a month in the hospital and rehab.
    He just came home Oct 23. He had a broken back,tail bone, broken pelvis, and broken right leg in 4 places, and a torn bladder.
    We feel for this man!! My husband has a long road ahead of him, all because people do not look out for motorcycles!!!! Best wishes to this man’s family, and we hope he has a fast recovery!!

  2. Nell says:

    that whole area is scarey with all the traffic lights, short areas in between the lights and lanes just for the expressway. Maybe the Big Boys drive could be moved to the lower side of the parking lot? Widening White Creek may have helped slightly, but its still a place that has too many areas to check for safe navigation of the intersection.




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