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2 motorcyclists injured in separate crashes with deer, truck

Becky Vargo • Jun 9, 2017 at 6:39 AM

Three motorcyclists were injured in two separate crashes around 10:30 p.m. Thursday in Ottawa County’s Tallmadge and Robinson townships.

Deputies first responded to a motorcycle-vs.-deer crash at 10:27 p.m. in Tallmadge Township. In that crash, Samual Grima, 28, of Grand Rapids was riding his motorcycle east on Lake Michigan Drive near 14th Avenue when he struck a deer, said Sgt. Matt Wildfong of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Another motorcyclist riding with Grima, 37-year-old Lars Wendl of Kentwood, struck Grima and they both went down. Wildfong said an ambulance transported both men to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids in stable condition.

Both men were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

Shortly after the first crash, deputies responded to a truck-vs.-motorcycle crash in Robinson Township. The initial call to dispatch was that the motorcyclist was thrown into a field after impact, Wildfong said.

Grant Hammil, 19, of Grand Rapids told police he stopped his truck at a stop sign on 96th Avenue before proceeding east on Bass Drive, Wildfong said. Hammil said he saw the motorcycle coming, but it was a long distance away. When he proceeded, the motorcyclist suddenly was right in front of him, Hammil told police.

The motorcyclist, 26-year-old Ron Green of West Olive, suffered serious leg and back injuries in the crash.

AeroMed was requested but the ambulance helicopter was on another call and was not available. Green was transported to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital by a North Ottawa Community Hospital ambulance.

Green was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, Wildfong said.

“It appears speed may have been a factor in the crash,” the sergeant added.

That crash remains under investigation.

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