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Motorcyclist dies in crash

A 75-year-old motorcyclist died last week after being struck by a car driven by a Rockford woman.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred just after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 at Northland Drive and Kuttshill Drive NE. They said that a 2010 GMC Acadia, driven by Molly Underhill, 43, of Rockford, was northbound on Northland Drive and attempting to turn west on to Kuttshill Drive, when it struck a motorcycle traveling southbound on Northland Drive.

The motorcycle driver, Roger Blanker, 75, of Grand Rapids, was thrown from the motorcycle and received serious injuries to his head and legs. He was transported to Butterworth Hospital, where he later died. Police said he was not wearing a helmet.

The driver of the Acadia was not injured.

The incident is being reviewed by the Kent County Prosecutor’s office.

The Plainfield Fire Department and Rockford Ambulance assisted at the scene.

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