Motorcyclist injured in one-vehicle crash

A 46-year-old Grand Haven woman suffered a shoulder injury in a one-vehicle crash late Saturday morning at the intersection of Sheldon and Orchard streets.
Becky Vargo
Sep 14, 2013

Renee Heise lost control of her Harley 883 motorcycle while going around the corner, hit the curb and went down police said.

An ambulance transported her to nearby North Ottawa Community Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

She was wearing a helmet.

Police said the woman had just gotten the motorcycle and was out for a practice ride.



The article doesn't say, although if I'd been the reporter it would have been an asked question....has this young lady had a bike previous to this one, or is this her first one? That's quite a bit of bike for someone who's just starting out.

Practice ride = FAIL.

Glad she's ok though and will live to ride again.


Does this article really need to go into that much detail for you? This gal ( my family) has ridden before, and the bike was just checked out after she got it. There's a malfunction in the clutch, so new rider or not, accidents happen. And Big bike or small bike, accidents happen. I, too, am glad she's okay.


To answer your first question, it'd be nice.

How is one suppose to understand what happened and how it happened without any facts? If the Tribune deemed this incident worthy of mentioning then I think they should also be able to answer the basic who, what, where, when and why.

In your short retort you've given the reading public more info than the Tribune did and based on what you said I now know that the situation was the result of a bike malfunction and not human error. Without your input we don't know if this bike rider was a 18 year old with no prior experience or a 33 year old with 15 years experience and that doesn't even factor in whether it was human or mechanical error.

The only thing I'd argue with you is my original premise, that being if she was a newbie to motorcycles then that bike was too much for her. If she has years of riding experience then that bike is fine.

My questions weren't designed to be an affront to you and yours, but a comment on the sloppy reporting done almost daily on this online edition.
Hope that clears things up. Here's hoping there's some good weather left yet this year for a cruise or two.

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