2 killed in separate motorcycle crashes in same area of GR

A Fruitport man and a Grand Rapids woman died after separate motorcycle crashes in the same area of a Grand Rapids freeway on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Donald Lavern Matthews, 56, of Fruitport was riding north on U.S. 131 at around 11 a.m. Friday when his motorcycle hit the back of a car that was stopped in traffic near Leonard Street, police said. Matthews was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died from his injuries. Police said speed and alcohol were not considered to be factors in the crash.
Mark Brooky
Aug 7, 2011


Police said a motorcycle driven by Daniel Joseph Martin of Grand Rapids hit a minivan after Martin lost control of the bike in the northbound lanes of U.S. 131, near Leonard Street N.W., around 4 a.m. Saturday.

Jeanine Marie Serba of Grand Rapids was a passenger on the motorcycle. She was thrown from the bike, police said.

Serba, 27, died at a Grand Rapids hospital. Martin, 28, was taken to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital, where he was in stable condition Saturday night.

Both crashes remain under investigation by the Grand Rapids Police Special Services Unit.

— WZZM-TV, WOOD-TV and WXMI-TV contributed to this report.


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