By Paul Garrod
LAWRENCE TWP. – A 57-year-old Kalamazoo riding a motorcycle Friday afternoon, April 7, on Red Arrow Highway, Lawrence Township, was struck by a pickup truck pulling a trailer that was turning into a private drive. The cyclist later died at a Kalamazoo hospital from injuries he received, according to a press release from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.
Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel Abbott said that Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at approximately 4 p.m. to the 56000 block of Red Arrow Highway, Lawrence Township, for a report of a personal injury traffic crash. Sheriff Abbott said the investigation determined that a 57-year-old Kalamazoo man was riding a motorcycle westbound on Red Arrow Highway and a 46-year-old Covert man was driving a truck pulling a trailer eastbound on Red Arrow Highway. The truck attempted to make a left-hand turn into a private driveway and struck the oncoming motorcycle.
Sheriff Abbott said the driver of the motorcycle was ejected from the motorcycle and sustained life-threatening injuries. He was transported to Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, where he later died from his injuries. The preliminary investigation indicates that speed was not a factor in the crash.
Names are being withheld pending the completion of the investigation.
Assisting agencies included Lawrence Township Emergency Services, Lawrence Quick Response Team, Van Buren Emergency Medical Services, and Hartford Police Department.