Motorist guilty in July crash

A jury found a Spring Lake man guilty of reckless driving for a crash that critically injured a motorcyclist on July 3, 2013.
Becky Vargo
Jan 10, 2014


Jurors deliberated for about an hour and a half following the one-day trial of 21-year-old Jacob Tyler VanDyke on Thursday in 58th District Court.

The jury also found VanDyke guilty of a moving violation causing serious impairment.

He faces up to 93 days in jail and/or a $5,000 fine when he is sentenced. A sentencing date hasn’t been set.

Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police said VanDyke was westbound on Savidge Street late that Wednesday night. He turned into the Shell gas station in front of an eastbound motorcycle driven by Michael Francis Pawlak, 30, also of Spring Lake.

Pawlak did not have any visible problems as he walked to the witness stand Thursday. He told the jury he suffered a broken leg, broken arm and traumatic brain injury in the crash.

He confirmed that he didn’t remember anything about the crash, but verified that he was at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids for a week, followed by three weeks of rehabilitation at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

Pawlak answered his questions without hesitation, but said he has long-term consequences from the crash and only time will tell if he continues to suffer from the brain injury.

He said he will have another wrist surgery in the future and will soon have a rod in his leg removed.

To read more of this story, see today's print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



I ride to work every day that the weather allows. I know that I am hard to see with my one light and 2 foot width, so I don't get too upset when I am cut off regularly. I make sure I watch what is going on around me and I am always at the ready. I do get P****d when I see someone not paying attention and swerve or turn in front of me though. I hope this was not the case. All of us riders know the risks every time we get on our bikes, I just hope he learned to look more carefully before turning next time.

Zip it

Ignorant post!


3:00am, keyboard, internet access + too many beers = Ignorant 2 word post!


ahh, you beat me to it LTA. Another knuckle-dragger in mom's basement at 3 am. So far Zippy the Pinhead, YOU have the true ignorant comment here.


Hmmm. Yup got nothing.


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