Car-bicycle crash investigated by Fruitport Township Police Department

A 20-year-old bicyclist suffered serious injuries Monday night when he was struck by a car in the 2000 block of E. Broadway Ave.
Tribune Staff
Aug 19, 2014


Emergency personnel rushed to the scene of the bicycle-car crash at 9:44 p.m.

They found a 20-year-old man who had been thrown from his bike after being struck by a vehicle driven by a 25-year-old man. Both men are from the Muskegon County area.

The driver of the car did not suffer any injuries. The bicyclist was transported from the scene by ProMed Ambulance to be treated for multiple injuries sustained in the crash. The bicyclist was later air-lifted to Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. He is currently in stable condition.

The area where this incident took place is an unlit portion of road. The bicyclist did not have a light on his bicycle, which is required by law during darkness, and he was not wearing a bicycle helmet nor reflective clothing.

The crash remains under investigation.



Bicycle helmets, and reflective clothing are not required. But lights are.

I am amazed at all the yahoos I see while I am out on my bike at night who are riding around without lights. Many also ride down the wrong side of the road.

There needs to be enforcement on both fronts. Three nights ago I was riding home around 10:30pm and there was an OCSD cop in the parking lot of Johnston Boiler Works. In front of me, heading towards me, were two cyclists (late 20's, early 30's) riding down the wrong side of Pine St on road bikes, swerving all over, with NO lights, AND they blew right through the stop sign without even slowing. The cop did absolutely nothing.

I am 100% for cyclists rights to use the road, and HATE the aggressive/inattentive motorists, but come on people, you need to follow the rules of the road while you are on your bike, and the police officers in this area NEED to start enforcing the laws in regard to bicycles on both sides of the fence (both ticketing bad cyclists, as well as drivers who do not behave around cyclists).

As for lighting on my bike, I have an incredibly bright red LED flashing tail light (Cygolite Hotshot 2w), and a 650 lumen LED headlight (Niterider Lumina 650). I am planning on upgrading to a dyno hub soon with some Busch and Muller lighting so I don't need to plug my bike in every night. Also equipped with front and rear facing video camera to catch aggressive drivers and their plate numbers.


Absolutely agree, laws cannot protect you in an accident. You on two or four wheels are responsible for YOUR safety. In years of riding two wheels in some form or another I've learned to expect people to do dumb things and a mountain bike or motorcycle offers little protection against a ton or more of steel. When the two have a battle of inertia you are going to donate lots of skin to the game!
Use premium LED lights, use good reflective add-ons that light up bright in headlights. Wear clothing including hats and shoes with reflective material sewn in, wear a headlamp and keep your head scanning side to side which keeps you aware and creates a strobe effect that is noticed. Make sure your bike has rear lamps that blink or flash to attract attention or a front lamp that switches up down focus or switches bright to dim automatically.


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