Kyle Christianson, 25, was trying to avoid a crash after being cut off by another vehicle when he laid down his motorcycle in the northbound lanes of U.S. 31 on the bridge, according to his girlfriend, Chelsea Boomgaard.
Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said Christianson was northbound in the center lane when he lost control of his motorcycle, crashed and slid across the pavement shortly before 8 p.m.
Police said alcohol was suspected to be a factor in the crash. The police report will be turned over to the Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office to review for possible charges, Hawke said.
Christianson suffered fractured bones in his hand and foot, as well as a broken kneecap, Boomgaard said. Christianson had surgery Tuesday to close an 8-inch gash on his thigh. On Wednesday, he had another surgery on his hand.
He’s being treated at Hackley Hospital in Muskegon.
“He’s in a lot of pain,” Boomgaard said, noting that her boyfriend also had a lot of road rash.
Christianson’s left leg is encased in a boot from the thigh to the foot because of the broken kneecap and a gash below the knee, Boomgaard said.
Christianson was going to visit his father Monday night and left to go to the store, but then never showed up at his father’s home, Boomgaard said. She said she learned about the crash on social media.
Christianson had just gone back to his old job, so Boomgaard said she wasn’t sure how much of his hospitalization would be covered by insurance. She works full time, but is not covered for any time out of the office.
The couple also had a premature baby earlier this summer and is absorbing a lot of those related costs.
“He’s more stressed out that we have a newborn and he can’t help take care of her,” Boomgaard said. “He’s also overwhelmed with the finances.”
Boomgaard’s sister set up a Go Fund Me page to help the young couple with their mounting bills. You can find the fundraiser here: www.gofundme.com/kyles-motorcycle-accident.