Married couple killed in motorcycle crash

Robert and Susan Kammeraad (Courtesy photo)

ALLEGAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) –  A married couple from Holland was killed in a crash while riding their motorcycle.

It happened about 5:40 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of M-40 and Babylon Road in Allegan Township.

The Allegan County Sheriff’s Department said a 23-year-old Grand Haven woman swerved to avoid hitting a car that had slowed to make a left turn. Her vehicle went into oncoming traffic, hitting the motorcycle head-on.

The driver of the motorcycle, Robert John Kammeraad, and his wife Susan Mae Kammeraad of Holland were killed.

The driver of the car and her two passengers were taken to area hospitals. All three sustained non-life threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation. It could be several weeks before toxicology tests, which will help determine whether the driver of the car should face charges, come back.

The Kammeraads were wearing helmets.

Their son Jeff Kammeraad and the rest of the family said Monday they are struggling with the sudden, raw tragedy of losing his parents, but he draws some peace from knowing they were together when they died.

“They lived their life that was full and died doing what they loved and they were together,” Jeff Kammeraad told 24 Hour News 8.

Robert, 69, was a retired engineer while Susan, 66, still worked. They found time to travel and ride, sometimes with members of their church.

“They would go with a group and they would go up north and have fellowship and hang out and go into some of the establishments and talk to some of the locals,” Jeff Kammeraad said. “They really looked forward to that.”

Monday, the shaken family remembered what their lost parents gave them.

“My dad taught me a really strong work ethic and I’m very thankful for that,” Jeff Kammeraad said. “He had a good career and when it was done, he had a lot of fun just toolin’ around on his motorcycle, hanging out with my mom.”

Jeff Kammeraad said his parents loved life and one other. He said he wanted people to know who they were and to celebrate their lives.

“Just enjoy life and cherish life and live it like it was gong to be gone tomorrow, because in our case it was. It wasn’t supposed to be like this,” he said.

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