GR man dies in motorcycle crash on 48th Avenue

Becky Vargo • Aug 1, 2017 at 2:29 PM

ALLENDALE TWP. — A 55-year-old Grand Rapids man was killed when his motorcycle was struck by a car Monday night near the Grand Valley State University campus.

The crash occurred at 9:04 p.m. on 48th Avenue, north of Lake Michigan Drive, in Allendale Township.

Police said Gregory L. Pierson was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Sgt. Cal Keuning of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office said Pierson was driving his motorcycle south on 48th Avenue when he was struck by a car turning off 48th onto University Park.

The car was driven by Lynsey Raschke, 22, of Highland. Raschke suffered minor injuries.

GVSU police were nearby and administered CPR to the motorcyclist upon arrival, Keuning said. However, Pierson was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident remains under investigation.

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