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Bicyclist slams into truck on crosswalk

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:50 PM

Barely a half hour after responding to a scooter vs. car crash on East Savidge Street, emergency crews responded to Christman Street north of M-104 in front of the Ziebart Tidy Car business.

Richard Hoffstedt of Spring Lake said he was heading to his nearby business when he heard a loud bang and saw the bicyclist bounce off his hood.

“I never saw him,” Hoffstedt said. “I hit the crosswalk and he hit me.”

Hoffstedt said he is familiar with the area and is very cautious of the bike path.

“I figure I was going maybe 15 mph,” he said.

David Qualls of Grand Haven was inside the nearby business and heard the crash.

“I ran outside and calmed him down, got him a wet rag” because the bicyclist had a gash at the corner of his eye, he said. “He was talking, said he was OK.”

The bicyclist was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

His name was not available at the time.

Witnesses said he was not wearing a helmet.


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