2018-07-05 / News

Motorcycle struck in hit and run

By Tanya Terry
810-452-2645 • tterry@mihomepaper.com

BURTON — A white SUV stuck a motorcyclist with a passenger June 30 at approximately 10:30 p.m. while headed eastbound on Bristol Road.

The motorcycle was stopped at the stop sign eastbound on Bristol Road at Belsay Road. The motorcycle was struck from behind by the suspect vehicle Both motorcyclists were seriously injured. The white SUV fled the scene eastbound on Bristol Road towards Irish Road without stopping.

There was a witness. However, the witness did not witness the actual crash. He witnessed the motorcycle down at the intersection and a white SUV leaving the intersection. He did not witness when the actual contact occurred.

The area of the crash was closed to traffic. Police Chief Tom Osterholzer described the damage to the motorcycle as “significant” and “massive.”

“The area around Bristol and Belsay was closed off due to seriousness of the injury to the victim,” Osterholzer said. “We called out are accident reconstructionists. So, they had to do a complete reconstruct on the accident scene, which involves taking measurements and extensive photographs. So, the area of that roadway was shut down for a portion of the evening.”

Police have developed two potential suspects who they are trying to locate.

“I can’t release any information on that at this time,” Osterholzer said. “We are searching for a white SUVstyle vehicle, possibly a Jeep Wrangler.”

The SUV-style vehicle may have front-end damage, but it appears the SUV ran over the motorcycle. So, there may be more damage to the underneath and the front-end damage may not be as visible as one would expect.

The motorcycle was being driven by a 38-year-old Burton man, his wife, a 33-year-old female was his passenger.

“Both sustained significant injuries and were transported to Hurley Medical Center,” Osterholzer said. “They were originally listed in serious condition. The male driver especially sustained serious, significant injuries.”

Although police are not sure if the driver of the SUV sustained any injuries, Osterholzer said he believed the SUV driver did not have any injuries.

On July 3, both motorcyclists were in stable condition. But, they were still hospitalized.

“It is tragic this hit and run occurred,” Osterholzer said. “Certainly, I think anyone involved in this would be angry at the fact that somebody could do that and know that they caused injuries. To just leave the scene is inexcusable.”

Anyone with information on a white SUV with possible front-end or undercarriage damage is asked to contact Eric Freeman at the Burton Police Department at 810-742-2542.

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