GH-area driver involved in double fatal crash

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:34 PM

The crash resulted in the death of a husband and wife who were riding a motorcycle northbound on M-40. 

The initial investigation has determined that a southbound vehicle driven by a 23-year-old female from the Grand Haven area had failed to notice vehicles that had stopped for a left-hand turn.  In an attempt to avoid striking the stopped car in the rear, the driver swerved into the on-coming lane of the motorcycle. Her car then struck the northbound motorcycle.

Killed in the crash were Robert John Kammeraad, 69, along with his wife, Susan Mae Kammeraad, 66.

The driver of the car, as well as the two passengers in her car, were transported by Life EMS to Butterworth Hospital and Allegan General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The motorcycle riders were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.  The car occupants were seat belted at the time of the crash.

The crash remains under investigation and the car driver name is being withheld pending further investigation.

The Kammeraads, who lived in Holland, were avid motorcyclists. In an April 6 post on his Facebook page, Robert wrote that his 2013 Harley and he just turned 17,000 miles.

“You might say I like to ride,” he wrote.

In another post, he shared an image about motorcycle safety that says, in part, “Instead of telling someone who rides a motorcycle how dangerous it is… Look twice before switching lanes, making turns, or pulling out of a drive way… Stay on your side of the road. … this truly is life or death!!”

He shared this message and added, “How true.”

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