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Motorcyclist killed in Coopersville crash

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:59 PM

Police said Michael VanHolstyn, 26, was driving his 2006 Suzuki motorcycle west on Randall Street at 1:25 p.m. when he crashed into the car and was thrown from the bike. The Grand Rapids man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sgt. Steve Austin of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department said the car, a 2012 Impala driven by a 61-year-old Muskegon man, was traveling south on 64th Avenue and stopped at the stop sign at Randall. As the car proceeded into the intersection, it was struck by VanHolstyn’s motorcycle.

“Several witnesses to the crash indicated Mr. VanHolstyn was speeding excessive of the 45-mph posted zone on his motorcycle,” Austin said.

The driver of the car, Bradley Silvis, and his front-seat passenger, Peggy Silvis, 62, were not injured, Austin said.

Austin said VanHolstyn was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. WZZM-TV reported that he was an Afghanistan war veteran.

Police shut down the intersection for more than two hours after the crash, which remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Department.


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