Two hurt in motorcycle, bicycle crash

Two men were taken to area hospitals after a bicyclist crashed into a motorcyclist Wednesday night on 104th Avenue near Sleeper Street, according to Sgt. John Wolffis of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department. The motorcyclist, Dick Cook, 50, of Grand Haven, was transported by ambulance to North Ottawa Community Hospital where he was treated and then released, hospital spokesperson Jennifer VanSkiver said this morning. He was wearing a helmet, Wolffis said.
Becky Vargo
Jun 23, 2011


The bicyclist, Michael Smith, 44, of Robinson Township, suffered a serious leg injury and was taken by ambulance to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. He was in fair condition this morning, a Spectrum official said.

Emergency personnel were called to the intersection of 104th Avenue and Sleeper Street when the accident occurred at about 8:20 p.m.

Wolffis said the motorcycle and the bicycle were southbound on 104th Avenue, although the bicyclist was traveling in the northbound lane.

The bicyclist lost his hat and made a quick turn to retrieve it, riding into the path of the motorcyclist just south of the intersection, Wolffis said. Following impact, the bicyclist and the motorcyclist traveled another 150 feet before coming to a rest. Both victims ended up on the west side of the road within a few feet of each other.

Robinson Township firefighters assisted at the scene.


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