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Bicyclist dies of crash injuries

David Draugalis

David Draugalis


A Walker man who was struck by a vehicle while bicycling on the White Pine Trail has died of his injuries.

According to Sgt. Corey Luce, of the Kent County Sheriff Department, David Draugalis, 49, of Walker, was bicycling southbound on the White Pine Trail about 7 p.m., on Tuesday, August 9, when he was hit by a westbound pickup truck while crossing 16 Mile Road.

A witness bicycling behind him reported that Draugalis did not stop at the stop sign before proceeding into the intersection.

Another witness, who was traveling behind the pick up truck, verified that the driver of the pickup, Jesse Foster, 36, of Cedar Springs was not speeding.

Draugalis was sent to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital with what appeared at the time to be non-life-threatening injuries. However, some internal injuries were discovered at the hospital. MLive.com reported that he suffered from a ruptured aorta, collapsed lung, broken pelvis, broken arm, and road rash.

Draugalis died of his injuries on Sunday, August 21, 12 days after the crash. He was married just a few weeks ago to his wife, Nita.

Sgt. Luce said that the case is still under investigation.

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Man injured in ATV crash

N-ATV-crash-MontcalmA Greenville man suffered serious internal injuries last weekend after losing control and crashing his ATV.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, the crash occurred on Sunday, July 24, about 7:30 a.m., on Evergreen Road, west of Johnson Road, in Montcalm Township.

Police said that a 23-year-old Greenville man was driving his 2004 Honda four wheeler west bound through the curves on Evergreen Road and was going too fast, which caused him run off the left side of the road, strike a log on the road, and overturn. Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services transported the man to United Memorial Hospital for his injuries. He was later transferred to Spectrum for treatment of serious internal injuries.

Police also said that section of Evergreen Road is a narrow gravel road and it was raining at the time of the crash. The driver was wearing a helmet. In addition to the speed, alcohol may have been a factor and the crash remains under investigation.

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