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News Release

Motorcycle Personal Injury Crash 4451-18 7/8/18

NATURE:

Motorcycle Personal Injury Crash

DATE AND TIME:

Sunday July 8, 2018 at 16:15hrs

VENUE:

West Bound I-94, Mile Mark 64.4, west of Mattawan Exit, Antwerp Township, Van Buren County

COMPLAINT #:

4451-18

INJURED:

32 year old male from Clio, MI

HELMET USED:

Helmet was used

MOTORCYCLE

Red 2008 Honda CRB 1000

UNIJURED DRIVER:

28 year old male from Chicago, Illinois

OTHER VEHICLE:

Volkswagen Jetta

ALCOHOL/DRUG

Not a factor

INFORMATION:

Sheriff Dan Abbott reports that on Sunday July 8, 2018 Van Buren County Deputies were dispatched to a personal injury crash involving a motorcycle and a car, west bound I-94 near the 64.4 mile mark, west of Mattawan.  Deputies arrived on scene to find the 32year old male laying on the ground with serious injuries. 

Medical personnel from Mattawan Fire Department and Van Buren County EMS attended to the victim’s injuries, which included fractures, injured feet and legs, as well as significant road rash to his body.  The victim was wearing his helmet which was also damaged in the crash.  The victim was transported to Bronson Kalamazoo where he was treated for his injuries.  The motorcycle sustained significant damage as it was laying on the ground, having separated, in two pieces.

Through the investigation Deputies learned that the motorcycle was traveling west bound passing several cars at a high rate of speed.  The motorcycle crashed into another vehicle that was traveling in the right lane.  The motorcycle then lost control and began to slide.  The driver came off the motorcycle, also sliding on the roadway and into the median.  The other vehicle sustained damage and was towed from the scene as well, however the driver of the car and his passenger were uninjured.

            Deputies believe speed and driving, were a factor in this crash and the report will be submitted to the Van Buren County Prosecutors Office to review for possible charges.

ASSISTING AGENCIES:

Mattawan Police Department

Michigan State Police

Mattawan Fire Department

Van Buren County EMS

INVESTIGATING OFFICERS:

Sgt Kyle Romeo

Deputy Jason Erickson

SUPERVISOR CONTACT:

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

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 www.vbcsheriff.com and at the top of the homepage follow the directions to submit a tip.

Jim Charon