Posted on 23 July 2015.
Kent County Sheriff Deputy Ron Kimbrough and Deputy Scott Abbatoy look at the motorcycle involved in the accident Monday. Post photo by J. Reed.
A Gowen man was injured Monday when he dumped his motorcycle while traveling on the curve on 18 Mile, just south of Fieldstone Meadows.
According to Kent County Sheriff Deputy Scott Abbatoy, the 58-year-old man was traveling toward Cedar Springs, on 18 Mile, when his foot got stuck under the brake, and he tipped the bike. He was not wearing a helmet, and suffered a head injury, as well as lacerations on his hands. He was sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
A man and woman who were out doing home inspections stopped at the scene when they saw the victim on his hands and knees, with his head bleeding. They let him sit in their vehicle to wait for police and the ambulance. “If you see someone like that, you can’t just drive by,” said the woman. “If it was my dad, I’d want to someone to stop.”
Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue and Rockford Ambulance assisted at the scene.
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Posted on 25 October 2013.
UPDATED 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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Posted on 17 October 2013.
This van rolled on to its roof after it was struck by a motorcycle in Howard City Sunday, October 13. Two died as a result of the crash. Courtesy photo.
A crash between a motorcycle and a minivan on Sunday evening has resulted in the deaths of both drivers.
According to Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt, Tony Magoon, 46, of Morley, was traveling southbound on his 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle, on Ensley Street in Howard City, at a high rate of speed on Sunday, October 13, at about 7:04 p.m., when witnesses say he ran a red light at W. Shaw Street and struck the side of an eastbound van. The van then rolled over onto its rooftop in the intersection.
The driver of the motorcycle was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the van, William MacTavish. 84, of Howard City, was transported to the hospital by AeroMed, with life-threatening injuries. He died from his injuries Wednesday afternoon.
A passenger in the van, Betty MacTavish, wife of William, also in her 80s, suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Assisting at the scene was the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, Montcalm County EMS, and the Howard City Fire Department.
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Posted on 15 August 2013.
A Cedar Springs man was hospitalized Sunday after the motorcycle he was driving was struck by a car.
According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred about 4:40 p.m. Sunday, August 11, in Eureka Township. Denny Walter, 32, was heading southbound on S. Greenville Road, when a 2011 GMC driven by Karen Burkholder, 58, of Gowen, pulled out of the Petersen Oil parking lot to head north on S. Greenville Road. Police said that Burkholder did not see Walter, and pulled out into the roadway and struck the motorcycle. Walter sustained multiple injuries and was taken by Montcalm County Ambulance Service to Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids with non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
The road was closed for about 45 minutes. The Greenville Department of Public Safety assisted at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.
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Posted on 25 August 2011.
A Grant man was killed last Thursday, August 18, when he crashed his motorcycle in Tyrone Township, near Kent City.
According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Nicholas J. Marker, 32, was riding on his motorcycle alone, while traveling with another motorcycle, about 3:24 p.m. August 18. The pair was northbound on Peach Ridge when Marker attempted to pass another vehicle, lost control and went off the roadway. Once off the road, the motorcycle and victim slid through the ditch, where the victim struck a concrete culvert and was killed.
Police said speed appeared to be a factor in the accident, but alcohol was not.
Kent City Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.
Marker was an employee at Moiron in Sparta. A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. August 27 at Koeze-Wolffis Funeral Home in Fremont.
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Posted on 30 August 2010.
An 85-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene of a motorcyle accident Monday afternoon.
According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, a man in a red pickup was traveling southbound on Cedar Springs Avenue, near Egner, in Nelson Township, about 1:20 p.m. Monday, when he saw a motorcycle, coming from the other direction, suddenly veer off the east side of the road, strike a mailbox and land in a ditch. The motorcycle then rolled over on top of the driver.
Both Sand Lake and Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue responded to the scene, and administered CPR, along with Rockford Ambulance personnel until shortly after 2 p.m., when the driver, Joseph Patin, of Nelson Township, was pronounced dead.
Police said that it does not appear that alcohol, speed, road, or weather conditions was a factor. The accident is sill under investigation.
The medical examiner was called in to determine the cause of death.
This was the scene at a motorcycle accident Monday afternoon on Cedar Springs Avenue near Egner.
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