News Release

Personal injury motorcycle versus semi tractor crash 5059-17

Nature of Incident:    Personal injury motorcycle versus semi tractor crash

Incident #: 5059-17

Date & Time:  09/08/17at approximately 1755

Location:  Eastbound I-94 near the 47.6 mile marker, Hartford Township 


 Deputies with the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Michigan State Police were called to a report of a motorcycle versus semi crash in Hartford Township. Upon deputies arrival, they located a male subject laying on the ground near a motorcycle. Civilian passerby’s were assisting in rendering medical assistance to the male driver of the motorcycle. Michigan State Police were also out with the subject. The subject’s leg was amputated below the knee. A turnicate was applied to the subject’s leg to stop bleeding which was occurring.

During the course of the investigation, deputies determined that the driver of the motorcycle had rear ended a semi tractor and trailer. The semi truck had slowed to a near stop due to a traffic backup ahead and the motorcycle was unable to stop before colliding with the semi trailer.

It is not yet known if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.

Investigating Deputies:

 Deputy Phillip Scuiletti, Deputy Kyle Romeo, Deputy Ray Hochsprung

Assisting Departments: 

Michigan State Police, Hartford Fire Department, Medic One Ambulance


26 year old male from Saint Joseph


The driver’s leg was amputated above his ankle from the collision. He was transported via ambulance to Bronson Hospital, Kalamazoo.

Helmet worn:

The driver of the motorcycle was wearing a helmet.

Supervisor Contact: Lieutenant Jim Charon at 269-657-2006 or the on-duty Road Patrol Sergeant at 269-657-3101. 

Anyone with information can contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at (269) 657-3101, Crime Stoppers 1-800-342-7867, Silent Observer (269) 343-2100 or your local Police Department. 

Mobile phone users and online users can provide anonymous crime tips to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office by sending a text Tip Soft message by sending a text message to “CRIMES” (274637) with the keyword VBCTIP from a mobile phone.  To submit an online tip, go to and at the top of the homepage follow the directions to submit a tip.


Jim Charon