KDPS: Driver takes off after hitting motorcycle

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is looking for the driver who took off after being involved in a crash with a motorcycle.

The wreck happened around 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the 3000 block of W. Michigan Avenue. A vehicle leaving the parking lot of the Library Bar failed to yield to an eastbound motorcycle, according to the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, and the vehicles collided.

The motorcycle driver and passenger, both of whom were wearing helmets, were knocked off the bike. Both were hospitalized with minor injuries.

The driver of the involved vehicle, however, took off, headed west on W. Michigan Avenue.

KDPS says the vehicle that left the scene was a white Ford Taurus, and that it likely has damage to the front bumper and passenger’s side headlight assembly area.

During the two hours that W. Michigan Avenue was shut down Saturday evening as accident reconstructionists investigated, a vehicle headed west on W. Michigan Adrove around police barricades into the crash scene.

The driver avoided officers’ attempts to stop him and took off at a high rate of speed. KDPS later found that driver in the 4300 block of Thornapple Grove. He had been drinking, police say. The 22-year-old Jackson man was arrested on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a high blood alcohol content and fleeing and eluding.

Anyone with information about the initial hit-and-run crash is asked to call KDPS at 269.337.8994 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.

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