GH-area driver involved in double fatal crash

The Allegan County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred at about 5:40 p.m. Sunday on M-40 south of Babylon Road in Allegan Township.
Tribune Staff
Jun 2, 2014


The crash resulted in the death of a husband and wife who were riding a motorcycle northbound on M-40. 

The initial investigation has determined that a southbound vehicle driven by a 23-year-old female from the Grand Haven area had failed to notice vehicles that had stopped for a left-hand turn.  In an attempt to avoid striking the stopped car in the rear, the driver swerved into the on-coming lane of the motorcycle. Her car then struck the northbound motorcycle.

Killed in the crash were Robert John Kammeraad, 69, along with his wife, Susan Mae Kammeraad, 66.

The driver of the car, as well as the two passengers in her car, were transported by Life EMS to Butterworth Hospital and Allegan General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The motorcycle riders were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.  The car occupants were seat belted at the time of the crash.

The crash remains under investigation and the car driver name is being withheld pending further investigation.

The Kammeraads, who lived in Holland, were avid motorcyclists. In an April 6 post on his Facebook page, Robert wrote that his 2013 Harley and he just turned 17,000 miles.

“You might say I like to ride,” he wrote.

In another post, he shared an image about motorcycle safety that says, in part, “Instead of telling someone who rides a motorcycle how dangerous it is… Look twice before switching lanes, making turns, or pulling out of a drive way… Stay on your side of the road. … this truly is life or death!!”

He shared this message and added, “How true.”




This makes me ill. What kind of a pinhead crosses a center line! No doubt either texting or running her mouth. She needs to see significant prison time!


Have you ever heard of an accident?? You make assumptions and extremely bold statements and have zero clue as to what you are talking about. You make me ill and I hope that you never make a single mistake in your entire life.


Well it is clear that she wasn't paying attention to that the heck she was doing da, I guess that's a afair assumption. I for one am sick and tired of seeing people driving down the road with a cell pnone glued to their head. put the phone down and drive your car! I have been riding for over 45 years and I will tell you this,you really notice how many idiots their are driving when your siting on a bike.


That is tragic for all the people... on the motorcycle & girl driving car. Even though the girl is 23, it seems young people have more distractions & most are not ready really for having the responsibility of driving. A motorcycle can be very dangerous even wearing a helmet because there's no protection.....but in this instance, even in a car...being hit head on would probably end the same. As the man said, this truly is life or death! As drivers we must drive with caution & be aware of everything around us AT ALL TIMES.


This is a terrible tragedy, but I guess I don't understand why the female driver of the car hasn't been identified yet.
Prayers to all involved.....


If the cars ahead were stopped for a left hand turn,and she passed on the left if the motor cycles were not there she would have hit the cars turning left,correct?


The Tribune posts the name of the businessman who got tackled by police in a domestic dispute, yet no word on who the woman is who killed the people in this accident. She must have ties to money.


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